Is there a way to "he put on his coat" without actually using the verb "put on"? A friend suggested "he dressed his coat" but it sounds very strange to me.

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    After the donnybrook was over Don donned his coat and left. – Hot Licks Aug 26 '20 at 21:34
  • He dressed his coat doesn't work. As Hot Licks indicated, there is the word don which has exactly that meaning, but it is not much used in everyday English. I can't think of another word that is common. – Colin Fine Aug 26 '20 at 21:46
  • Grabbed or got his coat, or anything of the sort, and the reader can figure what he did with the coat. – Yosef Baskin Aug 26 '20 at 21:49
  • "Slipped into his coat", "slid into his coat", "struggled into his coat", "shrugged his way into his coat", "drew his coat around him", "buttoned himself into his coat", there are others. It depends on what the coat was like, how hard it was for him to put it on and what impression you want to give of the way he did it. – BoldBen Aug 26 '20 at 22:52


to put on (an article of clothing)

  • The is what immediately came to my mind after I read the question. – Jason Bassford Aug 27 '20 at 3:57

You might consider something more descriptive:

He threw on his coat.

He slipped on/into his coat.

He pulled on his coat.

He flung on his coat.

If you're going for the most neutral verb possible, 'don' is, as other answers/comments have indicated, a correct (and probably comedically archaic) usage.

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