Origin of Knickerbocker
noun (used with a plural verb)
- a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
Origin of knickers
Examples from the Web for knickerbockers
Contemporary Examples of knickerbockers
Divorcees, Jews, and new money were excluded from the Knickerbockers.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of knickerbockers
"Time to go," said Philip, still in his tall silk hat and his knickerbockers.The Manxman
"Most unpleasant for the Englishman," growls the man in knickerbockers.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
"What a beastly mess," rubbing the cobwebs off his hands on to his knickerbockers.Hunter's Marjory
Margaret Bruce Clarke
In a grey Norfolk suit, with knickerbockers, and a soft felt hat.The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
Stockings, knickerbockers, and blouse were drawn on with unwonted rapidity.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
Word Origin for knickerbockers
Word Origin for Knickerbocker
Word Origin for knickers
"descendant of Dutch settlers of New York," 1831, from Diedrich Knickerbocker, the name under which Washington Irving published his popular "History of New York" (1809). The pen-name was borrowed from Irving's friend Herman Knickerbocker, and literally means "toy marble-baker."
"short, loose-fitting undergarment," now usually for women but not originally so, 1866, shortening of knickerbockers (1859), said to be so called for their resemblance to the trousers of old-time Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations for Washington Irving's "History of New York" (see knickerbocker).