zoot suit

(redirected from zoot-suiter)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

zoot suit

A man's ensemble for hipsters and other cool dudes. Popular during the 1930s and '40s, a zoot suit featured a long coat with wide lapels and padded shoulders and matching high-waisted, ballooning pants. Fancy shoes and a felt fedora hat completed the hipster “look.” “Zoot” was apparently a variation of the word “suit.”
See also: suit
References in periodicals archive ?
But on the mayor's insistence, officers moved to break up the situation--by sweeping up all the zoot-suiters they could find and all Mexican American youths on the streets.
In chapter two, gangsters give way to the largely Mexican American zoot-suiters.
In addition, there are essays by Reed Ueda on Chinese naturalization, Susan Hirsch on Black Pullman workers, and Edward Escobar on struggles between Chicano zoot-suiters and the Los Angeles police.
The zoot-suiters, meanwhile, had been hearing that GIs were accosting and molesting Mexican American girls.
In all, the zoot-suiters, the dance steps, the disappearing Douglass mark the distance from the manifesto-writers of 1943, Herndon and himself, to the novelist that Ellison had become.
He almost succeeds, especially when the jitterbug contest degenerates into an over-the-top brawl involving soldiers, sailors, and zoot-suiters.