[ smawl-klohz, -klohth z ]
/ ˈsmɔlˌkloʊz, -ˌkloʊðz /

plural noun

British. small, personal items of clothing, as underwear, handkerchiefs, etc.
knee breeches, especially the close-fitting ones worn in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries.

Origin of smallclothes

First recorded in 1625–35; small + clothes Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for smallclothes

  • It is now the mode to wear buckles on your smallclothes, that you may loosen or tighten them at pleasure.

    The Robbers|Friedrich Schiller
  • No more will hoops and wigs add allure to the progress of beauty—nor peruke nor smallclothes invest the beau with grandeur.

    Seaport in Virginia|Gay Montague Moore

British Dictionary definitions for smallclothes


/ (ˈsmɔːlˌkləʊz, -ˌkləʊðz) /

pl n

men's close-fitting knee breeches of the 18th and 19th centuries
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