pants

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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

pant

1
[pant]

verb (used without object)

to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion.
to gasp, as for air.
to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn: to pant for revenge.
to throb or heave violently or rapidly; palpitate.
to emit steam or the like in loud puffs.
Nautical. (of the bow or stern of a ship) to work with the shock of contact with a succession of waves.Compare work(def 24).

verb (used with object)

to breathe or utter gaspingly.

noun

the act of panting.
a short, quick, labored effort at breathing; gasp.
a puff, as of an engine.
a throb or heave, as of the breast.

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
Related formspant·ing·ly, adverbun·pant·ing, adjective

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.

pant

2
[pant]

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

pants

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

pant

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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Word Origin and History for pants
n.

trousers, 1840, see pantaloons. Colloquial singular pant is attested from 1893. To wear the pants "be the dominant member of a household" is first attested 1931. To do something by the seat of (one's) pants "by human instinct" is from 1942, originally of pilots, perhaps with some notion of being able to sense the condition and situation of the plane by engine vibrations, etc. To be caught with (one's) pants down "discovered in an embarrassing condition" is from 1932.

pant

v.

mid-15c., perhaps a shortening of Old French pantaisier "gasp, puff, pant, be out of breath, be in distress" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *pantasiare "be oppressed with a nightmare, struggle for breathing during a nightmare," literally "to have visions," from Greek phantasioun "have or form images, subject to hallucinations," from phantasia "appearance, image, fantasy" (see phantasm). Related: Panted; panting.

pant

n.

"a gasping breath," c.1500, from pant (v.).

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pants in Medicine

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
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