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from the initials of an early manufacturer: Bradley, Voorhees & Day


BVDs (plural only)

  1. (informal, initialism) A type of men's long underwear.
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 97:
      We frolicked like dolphins – Graeme and I in shorts and Bob in his B.V.D.'s – and then stretched out on the ancient waveworn shingle to let the sinking sun dry and warm us.

Usage notes[edit]

  • To make clear the exact quantity being discussed may require the use of "pair of BVDs" or "(however many) pairs of BVDs".

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