- Sometimes trouser. Also called pants. a usually loose-fitting outer garment for the lower part of the body, having individual leg portions that reach typically to the ankle but sometimes to any of various other points from the upper leg down.Compare Bermuda shorts, breeches, knickers(def 1), short(def 29a), slacks.
Origin of trousers
- of or relating to trousers or a trouser: trouser cuffs; a trouser seam.
- a leg of a pair of trousers.
Origin of trouser
Related Words for trousersknickers, jeans, dungarees, corduroys, chinos, breeches, bloomers, chaps, britches, denims, pantaloons, overalls, rompers
Examples from the Web for trousers
Contemporary Examples of trousers
The (very wealthy) de la Renta women wore bold colors, flared sleeves, full-bodied skirts and trousers.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
Gracie packed up her Wellington boots, long-sleeved shirts, and trousers, and flew to Caracas with a five-liter alembic still.When a Modern-Day Indiana Jones Met an Adventurous Gin Distiller
July 8, 2014
“We will have to hear what he says,” said one as he smoothed out his trousers.Mike Pence, Dark Horse in Training for 2016
June 27, 2014
Think wearing yellow lipstick, lime-green nails, and a SpongeBob SquarePants jumper with no trousers.The Improbable Rise of Rita Ora: A Guide for the Modern-Day Celebrity
May 5, 2014
The creases in his trousers are so fierce they look like crowbars are sewn into them.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town
E. Jean Carroll
April 19, 2014
Historical Examples of trousers
The trousers which had lain on the floor beside Hank's bed were no longer there.
Must have been a coyote in here that sneaked off with your trousers, unless you have 'em on.
He won eighty dollars, and thrust it loose in his trousers pocket.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There was a smeary wetness on his fingers, which he wiped away on the side of his trousers.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Called "trousers" by the enlightened and "pants" by the unworthy.The Devil's Dictionary
- a garment shaped to cover the body from the waist to the ankles or knees with separate tube-shaped sections for both legs
- wear the trousers British informal to have control, esp in a marriageUS equivalent: wear the pants
Word Origin for trousers
- (modifier) of or relating to trouserstrouser buttons
- (tr) slang to take (something, esp money), sometimes surreptitiously, undeservedly or unlawfully
1610s, earlier trouzes (1580s), extended from trouse (1570s), with plural ending typical of things in pairs, from Gaelic or Middle Irish triubhas "close-fitting shorts," of uncertain origin. The unexplained intrusive second -r- is perhaps by influence of drawers.