- Also knick·er·bock·ers [nik-er-bok-erz] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ərz/. loose-fitting short trousers gathered in at the knees.
- Chiefly British.
- a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
- British Informal. a woman's or girl's short-legged underpants.
- to get one's knickers in a twist, British Slang. to get flustered or agitated: Don't get your knickers in a twist every time the telephone rings.
Origin of knickers
Examples from the Web for knickers
Knickers I had designed—gray tweed, gray leather gloves, gray socks.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
You also get to hear LaBeouf say, in an accent that I assume is English, “You should probably take off your knickers.”Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Raw Performance in ‘Nymphomaniac’ Is Not About the Sex
March 21, 2014
Insecurities abounded, and Kennan, it seems, pretty much always had his knickers in a twist about something.The Man Who Knew Russia Best: George Kennan’s Revealing Diaries
James A. Warren
March 10, 2014
On stage, he played monster and made small girls wet their knickers.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
Check out our gallery of other royal auction ephemera - including Queen Victoria's knickers!Slice of Prince William and Kate Middleton Wedding Cake Sells For $4,160
November 15, 2013
His knickers had dried upon him, but his coat was still very damp.The Girls of St. Olave's
"Damn his knickers," said Ranny to himself, behind his set teeth.The Combined Maze
They won't let her leave the Turkey-twill knickers and the short skirt.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
It was not in that pocket, nor in the one on the other side, nor in his knickers.Wood Magic
She had risen and was drawing on her knickers when Attatak awakened.The Purple Flame
Roy J. Snell
- 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 and History for knickers
"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).