neoprene

noun
neo·​prene | \ ˈnē-ə-ˌprēn How to pronounce neoprene (audio) \

Definition of neoprene

: a synthetic rubber made by the polymerization of chloroprene, characterized by superior resistance (as to oils), and used especially for special-purpose clothing (such as gloves and wet suits)

Examples of neoprene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other latex balloons are synthetic, made from a petroleum derivative called neoprene – the same material used to make scuba diving wetsuits – and will remain in the environment indefinitely, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces over time. Shannon Brines, The Conversation, "Balloon releases have deadly consequences – we’re helping citizen scientists map them," 18 Mar. 2020 Each weight is neoprene coated and has a non-slip grip. Popular Science, "Three weightlifting sets for a better home workout," 20 Dec. 2019 Sunglass lanyards are made by many different companies from a variety of different materials, including cotton, nylon/spandex, neoprene, and even plastic. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Sunglass Lanyard," 3 Mar. 2020 The neoprene Yondr case, which has become increasingly popular at concerts, can only be unlocked using special bases, usually located in lobbies. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Embattled comedian Louis C.K. is performing in Baltimore County this weekend," 9 Dec. 2019 Take care to wear warm socks in freezing temperatures as the neoprene insulation in not the warmest. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 16 Oct. 2019 According to police, the man is described as black, approximately 50 years old, standing approximately 5 feet, 10 inches with a stocky build and was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey sweatpants and a black neoprene face mask. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park Police: Masked man robs Lake Theatre of nearly $7,000," 22 Nov. 2019 Wetsuits are made of neoprene, a foam insulation that traps tiny air bubbles. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Next-Gen Outdoor Innovations We're Watching," 1 Nov. 2019 Wearing a neoprene wetsuit or a drysuit can double that, but even those getups have issues. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Next-Gen Outdoor Innovations We're Watching," 1 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'neoprene.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of neoprene

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neoprene

neo- + -prene (in chloroprene, isoprene)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neoprene

Time Traveler for neoprene

Time Traveler

The first known use of neoprene was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Statistics for neoprene

Last Updated

26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Neoprene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neoprene. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on neoprene

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about neoprene

Comments on neoprene

What made you want to look up neoprene? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

March 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • field of crocuses
  • Which is a synonym of rectitudinous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!