[ bel-bot-uh m ]
/ ˈbɛlˌbɒt əm /


Also bell-bot·tomed. (of trousers) wide and flaring at the bottoms of the legs.


bell-bottoms, (used with a plural verb) bell-bottom trousers.

Nearby words

  1. bell's muscle,
  2. bell's palsy,
  3. bell, alexander graham,
  4. bell, clive,
  5. bell, john,
  6. bell-bottoms,
  7. bell-hanger's bit,
  8. bell-ringer,
  9. bell-shaped curve,
  10. bell-topper

Origin of bell-bottom

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for bell bottoms

bell bottoms


type of trousers, 1882, from bell (n.) + bottom (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper