underpants

[uhn-der-pants]

noun (used with a plural verb)

drawers or shorts worn under outer clothing, usually next to the skin.

Nearby words

  1. undernourished,
  2. undernourishment,
  3. undernutrition,
  4. underpaid,
  5. underpainting,
  6. underpart,
  7. underpass,
  8. underpay,
  9. underperform,
  10. underpin

Origin of underpants

First recorded in 1920–25; under- + pants

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British Dictionary definitions for underpants

underpants

pl n

a man's undergarment covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs or kneesOften shortened to: pants
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Word Origin and History for underpants

underpants

n.

1931, from under + pants. Drove out drawers, knickers in this sense.

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