Origin of Knickerbocker
noun (used with a plural verb)
- a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
Origin of knickers
Examples from the Web for knickerbockers
His sole attire consisted of a striped blazer and a pair of knickerbockers.Tommy Wideawake|H. H. Bashford
But he was not alone, for when he sank into eclipse all the Knickerbockers disappeared with him.A History of American Literature|Percy H. Boynton
I've known him since he was a little thing in knickerbockers, that high.The Return of the Prodigal|May Sinclair
It hangs loosely about the knees and resembles a pair of knickerbockers.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
Here was a pair of boys in knickerbockers, a pair in petticoats, a pair in pelisses, besides the thing in arms.The Clever Woman of the Family|Charlotte M. Yonge
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).