- underpants or undershorts for women and children.
Origin of panties
1835–45, Americanism; plural of panty
Origin of pantie
variant of panty
Origin of panty
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- a pair of women's or children's underpants
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Word Origin and History for panties
1845, "drawers for men" (derogatory), diminutive of pants; meaning "underpants for women or children" first recorded 1908. Panty raid first attested 1952.
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