knickers

[nik-erz]

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.

Nearby words

  1. knicker,
  2. knickerbocker,
  3. knickerbocker glory,
  4. knickerbockers,
  5. knickered,
  6. knickknack,
  7. knickknacks,
  8. knickpoint,
  9. knies,
  10. kniest syndrome

Idioms

    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

1880–85; shortened form of knickerbockers, plural of knickerbocker, special use of Knickerbocker

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British Dictionary definitions for knickers

knickers

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 knickers

knickers

n.

"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).

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