A man must not come forthe with his kercheif, or quaife one his head, nor yet stroke up his hosen uppon his legges in company.
He hath been in here to consult us as to his patches, hosen, and I know not what beside.
I met the young damsel yesterday, and I think she wore no hosen.
Drawers was hose, or hosen,now applied to the lining for trousers.
These (with hosen and fan (faes)) are the only plurals in n preserved in Northern English.
Down the hill they come in hosen and their saddles are but light, And loose their girths.
Some cast away their coats, some their hosen, some their hats.
Their legs and hips were covered with hosen, often in different colors.
So she did off hosen and shoon, and I led her by the hand, and it took her but up to mid-leg.
When he marked the falling glaive he deemed that his day had come, for he was a naked man, clad in nought but his shirt and hosen.
late Old English, hosa "covering for the leg," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse hosa, Middle High German hose "covering for the leg," German Hose "trousers"), literally "covering," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Old French hose, Old Spanish huesa are of Germanic origin. Sense of "flexible rubber tube for liquid" is first attested late 15c.
c.1300, "to furnish with stockings," from hose (n.). Meaning "to water down with a hose" is from 1889. Related: Hosed; hosing.
[origin uncertain; perhaps fr a rare but found hose, ''penis,'' whereupon the term would be analogous to diddle, fuck, screw, shaft, etc]