[ nik-er-bok-er ]
/ ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ər /


a descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.
any New Yorker.

Origin of Knickerbocker

1800–10, Americanism; generalized from Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of Washington Irving's History of New York


[ nik-erz ]
/ ˈnɪk ərz /

noun (used with a plural verb)

Also knick·er·bock·ers [nik-er-bok-erz] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ərz/. loose-fitting short trousers gathered in at the knees.
Chiefly British.
  1. a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
  2. panties.
British Informal. a woman's or girl's short-legged underpants.

Origin of knickers

1880–85; shortened form of knickerbockers, plural of knickerbocker, special use of Knickerbocker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for knickerbockers


/ (ˈnɪkəˌbɒkəz) /

pl n

baggy breeches fastened with a band at the knee or above the ankleAlso called (US): knickers

Word Origin for knickerbockers

C19: regarded as the traditional dress of the Dutch settlers in America; see Knickerbocker


/ (ˈnɪkəˌbɒkə) /

noun US

a descendant of the original Dutch settlers of New York
an inhabitant of New York

Word Origin for Knickerbocker

C19: named after Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious Dutchman alleged to be the author of Washington Irving's History of New York (1809)


/ (ˈnɪkəz) /

pl n

an undergarment for women covering the lower trunk and sometimes the thighs and having separate legs or leg-holes
a US variant of knickerbockers
get one's knickers in a twist slang to become agitated, flustered, or upset

Word Origin for knickers

C19: contraction of knickerbockers

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Word Origin and History for knickerbockers
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