long johns

noun (used with a plural verb) Informal.

long underwear, especially for winter use.

Origin of long johns

First recorded in 1940–45
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Related Words for long johns

thermals, woolens

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British Dictionary definitions for long johns

long johns

pl n

informal underpants with long legs
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Word Origin and History for long johns

type of warm underwear, 1943, originally for U.S. GIs. By 1919 as a type of pastry. Long john also was used of various sorts of worm, potato, sled, etc.

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