trunk hose

noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. full, baglike breeches covering the body from the waist to the middle of the thigh or lower, sometimes having the stockings attached in one piece, worn by men in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of trunk hose

First recorded in 1615–25
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trunk hose

noun
  1. a man's puffed-out breeches reaching to the thighs and worn with tights in the 16th century

Word Origin for trunk hose

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps from the obsolete trunk to truncate
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