hot pants

[ hot pants for 1; hot pants for 2 ]
/ ˈhɒt ˌpænts for 1; ˈhɒt ˈpænts for 2 /


(used with a plural verb) very brief and usually tight-fitting shorts for women and girls, first popularized in the early 1970s.
(used with a singular verb) Slang. strong sexual desire.

Origin of hot pants

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hot pants

hot pants

pl n

very brief skin-tight shorts, worn by young women
slang a feeling of sexual arousalhe has hot pants for her
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Word Origin and History for hot pants

hot pants


"short-shorts," 1970, from hot (adj.) + pants (n.). Probably influenced by earlier sense of "sexual arousal" (1927).

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