underwear

[uhn-der-wair]

noun

clothing worn next to the skin under outer clothes.

Nearby words

  1. undervalue,
  2. undervest,
  3. underwaist,
  4. underwater,
  5. underway,
  6. underweight,
  7. underwent,
  8. underwhelm,
  9. underwhelmed,
  10. underwhelming

Origin of underwear

First recorded in 1870–75; under- + wear

Also called underclothes, underclothing.

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British Dictionary definitions for underwear

underwear

noun

clothing worn under the outer garments, usually next to the skinAlso called: underclothes
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Word Origin and History for underwear

underwear

n.

1872, from under + wear (n.). So called because it is worn under one's clothing.

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