- wear the pants, to have the dominant role; be in charge: I guess we know who wears the pants in that family.
Origin of pants
- to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
- to gasp, as for air.
- to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.
- to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
- to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
- Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves.Compare work(def 24).
- to breathe or utter gaspingly.
- the act of panting.
- a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
- a puff, as of an engine.
- a throb or heave, as of the breast.
Origin of pant1
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- of or relating to pants: pant cuffs.
Origin of pant2
Examples from the Web for pants
So here I am in my requisite Lululemon pants, grunting along to an old hip-hop song at a most ungodly hour.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
If you Google “Muslim Christmas tree star” you will see a list of right-wing websites wetting their pants over this.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too
December 23, 2014
“‘Pull your pants up, black people,’” said Buress, mocking Cosby from the stage.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
“The girls I used to race with would just pull their pants around their ankles and hang off the back,” Ralphie says with I shrug.Inside Sailing’s Biggest Race
October 11, 2014
He packed only two pairs of pants, three shirts, and one toothbrush, then set out for Africa with Karl Johnson.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
Why should not a frog sustain life with his Pants as well as a Christian?
Called "trousers" by the enlightened and "pants" by the unworthy.The Devil's Dictionary
Mr. Minturn laughed, and looked down on the torn jacket and pants.
That once I shore split his pants for him with a hame strop.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Lyaeus wiped his hand on the seat of his pants and they proceeded.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
- British an undergarment reaching from the waist to the thighs or knees
- Also called: trousers a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
- bore the pants off informal to bore extremely
- scare the pants off informal to scare extremely
- British slang inferior
- to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
- to say (something) while breathing thus
- (intr often foll by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
- (intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly
- the act or an instance of panting
- a short deep gasping noise; puff
Word Origin and History for pants
trousers, 1840, see pantaloons. Colloquial singular pant is attested from 1893. To wear the pants "be the dominant member of a household" is first attested 1931. To do something by the seat of (one's) pants "by human instinct" is from 1942, originally of pilots, perhaps with some notion of being able to sense the condition and situation of the plane by engine vibrations, etc. To be caught with (one's) pants down "discovered in an embarrassing condition" is from 1932.
mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Old French pantaisier "gasp, puff, pant, be out of breath, be in distress" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," literally "to have visions," from Greek phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance, image, fantasy" (see phantasm). Related: Panted; panting.
"a gasping breath," c.1500, from pant (v.).
- To breathe rapidly and shallowly.