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[uhn-der-pants] /ˈʌn dərˌpænts/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
drawers or shorts worn under outer clothing, usually next to the skin.
Origin of underpants
First recorded in 1920-25; under- + pants Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In underpants, she went into the small bathroom, washed cosmetics from her face and brushed down her thick, short hair.

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  • She snuck up behind him and dropped a handful of gravel down the gap of his pants and into his underpants.

British Dictionary definitions for underpants


plural noun
a man's undergarment covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs or knees Often shortened to pants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for underpants

1931, from under + pants. Drove out drawers, knickers in this sense.

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