pants

[ pants ]
/ pænts /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

underpants, especially for women and children; panties.
British. men's underpants, especially long drawers.

Idioms

    wear the pants, to have the dominant role; be in charge: I guess we know who wears the pants in that family.

Origin of pants

1830–40; short for pantaloons

Definition for pants (2 of 3)

pant

1
[ pant ]
/ pænt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to breathe or utter gaspingly.

noun

Origin of pant

1
1400–50; late Middle English panten < Middle French pant(a)is(i)er < Vulgar Latin *phantasiāre to have visions < Greek phantasioûn to have or form images. See fantasy
SYNONYMS FOR pant
1 puff, blow. Pant, gasp suggest breathing with more effort than usual. Pant suggests rapid, convulsive breathing, as from violent exertion or excitement: to pant after running for the train. Gasp suggests catching one's breath in a single quick intake, as from amazement, terror, and the like, or a series of such quick intakes of breath, as in painful breathing: to gasp with horror; to gasp for breath.
3 thirst, hunger.
Related formspant·ing·ly, adverbun·pant·ing, adjective

Definition for pants (3 of 3)

pant

2
[ pant ]
/ pænt /

adjective

of or relating to pants: pant cuffs.

noun

Origin of pant

2
First recorded in 1890–95; singular of pants
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British Dictionary definitions for pants (1 of 2)

pants

/ (pænts) /

pl n

British an undergarment reaching from the waist to the thighs or knees
Also called: trousers a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
bore the pants off informal to bore extremely
scare the pants off informal to scare extremely

adjective

British slang inferior

Word Origin for pants

C19: shortened from pantaloons; see pantaloon

British Dictionary definitions for pants (2 of 2)

pant

/ (pænt) /

verb

to breathe with noisy deep gasps, as when out of breath from exertion or excitement
to say (something) while breathing thus
(intr often foll by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn
(intr) to pulsate; throb rapidly

noun

the act or an instance of panting
a short deep gasping noise; puff

Word Origin for pant

C15: from Old French pantaisier, from Greek phantasioun to have visions, from phantasia fantasy
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Medicine definitions for pants

pant

[ pănt ]

v.

To breathe rapidly and shallowly.
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Idioms and Phrases with pants

pants


In addition to the idiom beginning with pants

  • pants off, the

also see:

  • ants in one's pants
  • beat the pants off
  • caught with one's pants down
  • get the lead out of (one's pants)
  • kick in the pants
  • seat of the pants
  • talk someone's arm (pants) off
  • wear the pants
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.