knickers

knickers (n.) "short, loose-fitting undergarment," now usually for women but not originally so, 1866, shortening of knickerbockers (1859), said to be so called for their resemblance to the trousers of old-time Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations for Washington Irving's "History of New York" (see KNICKERBOCKER (Cf. knickerbocker)).

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  • knickers — ► PLURAL NOUN Brit. 1) a woman s or girl s undergarment covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs and having two holes for the legs. 2) N. Amer. knickerbockers. ● get one s knickers in a twist Cf. ↑get one s knickers in a… …   English terms dictionary

  • knickers — knick ers, n. pl. 1. The name for a style of loose fitting short trousers, gathered in and ending at the knees; smallclothes; called also {knickerbockers}. Syn: breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knickers — (plural; pronunciamos níkers ) sustantivo masculino 1. Origen: Uruguay. Pantalones bombachos …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • knickers — [nik′ərz] pl.n. [contr. < KNICKERBOCKER] 1. knickerbockers: see KNICKERBOCKER (n. 3) 2. a) Chiefly Brit. a bloomerlike undergarment worn by women or girls b) Brit. panties …   English World dictionary

  • knickers — knickerbockers [ knikɛrbɔkɛrs; nikɶrbɔkɶr ] n. m. pl. • 1884; knicker bockers 1863; mot angl., nom d un héros de W. Irving ♦ Anciennt Culotte de golf, souvent en tweed, portée aussi à la ville. Mod. Culotte utilisée pour le ski de fond, l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Knickers — In the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth nations, knickers is a word for women s undergarments. George Cruikshank, whose illustrations are classic icons for Charles Dickens works, also did the illustrations for Washington Irving s… …   Wikipedia

  • knickers — [19] The use of the word knickers for ‘women’s underpants’ dates back to the 1880s: a writer in the magazine Queen in 1882 recommended ‘flannel knickers in preference to flannel petticoat’, and Home Chat in 1895 was advertising ‘serge knickers… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • knickers — [19] The use of the word knickers for ‘women’s underpants’ dates back to the 1880s: a writer in the magazine Queen in 1882 recommended ‘flannel knickers in preference to flannel petticoat’, and Home Chat in 1895 was advertising ‘serge knickers… …   Word origins

  • knickers — [[t]nɪ̱kə(r)z[/t]] (The form knicker is used as a modifier.) 1) N PLURAL: also a pair of N Knickers are a piece of underwear worn by women and girls which have holes for the legs and elastic around the waist to hold them up. [BRIT] She bought Ann …   English dictionary

  • knickers — noun (BrE) short underwear for women ⇨ See also ↑panties ADJECTIVE ▪ French ▪ frilly, lacy ▪ skimpy … OF KNICKERS ▪ pair …   Collocations dictionary

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