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[trou-zerz] /ˈtraʊ zərz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
Sometimes, trouser. Also called pants. a usually loose-fitting outer garment for the lower part of the body, having individual leg portions that reach typically to the ankle but sometimes to any of various other points from the upper leg down.
Compare Bermuda shorts, breeches, knickers (def 1), short (def 29a), slacks.
Origin of trousers
1585-95; trouse (variant of trews) + (draw)ers
Related forms
trouserless, adjective


[trou-zer] /ˈtraʊ zər/
of or relating to trousers or a trouser:
trouser cuffs; a trouser seam.
a leg of a pair of trousers.
First recorded in 1600-10; back formation from trousers Unabridged
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  • The trousers which had lain on the floor beside Hank's bed were no longer there.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Must have been a coyote in here that sneaked off with your trousers, unless you have 'em on.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He won eighty dollars, and thrust it loose in his trousers pocket.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There was a smeary wetness on his fingers, which he wiped away on the side of his trousers.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Called "trousers" by the enlightened and "pants" by the unworthy.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for trousers


plural noun
a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
(Brit, informal) wear the trousers, to have control, esp in a marriage US equivalent wear the pants
Derived Forms
trousered, adjective
trouserless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from earlier trouse, a variant of trews, influenced by drawers


(modifier) of or relating to trousers: trouser buttons
(transitive) (slang) to take (something, esp money), sometimes surreptitiously, undeservedly or unlawfully
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Word Origin and History for trousers

1610s, earlier trouzes (1580s), extended from trouse (1570s), with plural ending typical of things in pairs, from Gaelic or Middle Irish triubhas "close-fitting shorts," of uncertain origin. The unexplained intrusive second -r- is perhaps by influence of drawers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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