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underpants

[uhn-der-pants]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. drawers or shorts worn under outer clothing, usually next to the skin.

Origin of underpants

First recorded in 1920–25; under- + pants
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underpants

pl n
  1. a man's undergarment covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs or kneesOften shortened to: pants
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Word Origin and History for underpants

n.

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

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