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noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. underpants, especially for women and children; panties.

  1. British. men's underpants, especially long drawers.

Idioms about pants

  1. 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

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How to use pants in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pants


/ (pænts) /

pl n
  1. British an undergarment reaching from the waist to the thighs or knees

  2. 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

  1. bore the pants off informal to bore extremely

  2. scare the pants off informal to scare extremely

  1. British slang inferior

Origin of pants

C19: shortened from pantaloons; see pantaloon

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other 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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