[ pants ]
/ pænts /

noun (used with a plural verb)

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

Nearby words

  1. pantoum,
  2. pantropic,
  3. pantropical,
  4. pantry,
  5. pantryman,
  6. pants off, the,
  7. pantsuit,
  8. pantun,
  9. panty,
  10. panty girdle


    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


[ pant ]
/ pænt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to breathe or utter gaspingly.


Origin of pant

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

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


[ pant ]
/ pænt /


of or relating to pants: pant cuffs.


Origin of pant

First recorded in 1890–95; singular of pants Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


British slang inferior

Word Origin for pants

C19: shortened from pantaloons; see pantaloon


/ (pænt) /


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


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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Word Origin and History for pants
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Medicine definitions for pants


[ pănt ]


To breathe rapidly and shallowly.

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Idioms and Phrases with 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
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