noun (used with a plural verb)

Origin of britches

First recorded in 1880–85
Can be confusedbreeches britches Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for britches

Contemporary Examples of britches

Historical Examples of britches

  • As an old Tellurian saying hath it, 'you're altogether too big for your britches.'

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "You're too smart for your own britches, egghead," Crowley snarled.

    The Common Man

    Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)

  • Should thee like to clap thysen into britches as cowd as a tub o' water?

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • Ledyard at Ben's elbow was muttering something about his britches.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

  • They hadn't been wed long, when he axed her to mend his britches.

British Dictionary definitions for britches


pl n

a variant spelling of breeches
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Word Origin and History for britches

1905, from britch (1620s), an old variant of breeches.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper