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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. 2018.
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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.

  • In underpants, she went into the small bathroom, washed cosmetics from her face and brushed down her thick, short hair.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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