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underwaist

[ uhn-der-weyst ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌweɪst /
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noun

a blouse worn under another.
such a blouse to which other undergarments are pinned or buttoned, worn by infants and small children.

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Origin of underwaist

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; under- + waist
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