Meaning of swannie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈswɒni/


informal New Zealand
  • A heavy-duty weatherproof woollen shirt or jacket, typically with a hood.

    • ‘in boots, shorts and a swannie, he looked like he'd stepped out of the bush’
    • ‘Here's a photograph of a young dashing Tim, sheepskin jacket over a swannie, his head thrown back in celebration of life, his huge chin leading the way.’
    • ‘Nearly 100 years later, the ubiquitous swannie still owns a reputation that remains unmatched.’
    • ‘We wore the standard Kiwi fare of jeans, bush shirts, swannies, and gumboots.’
    • ‘It is full of words familiar only to New Zealanders, such as 'ranch sliders', which are patio doors, and 'swannies', which are heavy bush shirts.’
    • ‘Remember when four-wheel drives were driven by people who had more than one coloured swannie and had different gumboots for every day of the week?’
    • ‘My mood is brilliant, thanks to my new swannie and the fact that I found the self-timer button on my camera.’
    • ‘Let's invite our friends to a barbie, drink beer, eat hokey-pokey and pavlova, or have a game of rugby on the beach in our swannies and jandals.’
    • ‘He's got heaps of photos proving he is a rough-and-tumble Kiwi bloke interested in hunting pigs, the bush, and swannies.’
    • ‘As well as the title of most eligible bachelor, he's taking home a brand-new quad bike and some flash new swannies.’
    • ‘Kiwis possess the unique knowledge that if it's cold, you grab a swannie.’


1970s abbreviation of the trademark Swanndri.