plus fours

plural noun

long, baggy knickers for men, introduced before World War I and worn until the 1930s for sports activities, especially golf.

Origin of plus fours

First recorded in 1915–20; so called because four inches are added to the length of ordinary knickers to give the desired looseness

Related forms

plus-foured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for plus fours

plus fours

pl n

men's baggy knickerbockers reaching below the knee, now only worn for hunting, golf, etc

Word Origin for plus fours

C20: so called because the trousers are made with four inches of material to hang over at the knee
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