knickers

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English[edit]

Women's knickers
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Etymology[edit]

Short for knickerbockers.

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knickers (plural only)

  1. (colloquial, now US, rare) Knickerbockers.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 29:
      Students in the University were not permitted to keep cars, and the men – hatless, in knickers and bright pull-overs – looked down upon the town boys who wore hats cupped rigidly upon pomaded heads [...].
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 77:
      He was a student at Notre Dame, a robust Joe-College kind of kid, husky and tall and always dressed in plus-four knickers.
  2. (UK, New Zealand) Women's underpants.
    • 2010, Sali Hughes, ‘Calendar girls galore’, The Guardian, 24 Apr 2010:
      The debate here is not over whether raising £26,000 (and counting) for our troops is a wonderful thing – it unarguably is – but over whether, whenever times are tough and money must be found, our default reaction as women should be to take off our knickers to help out?

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Interjection[edit]

knickers

  1. A mild exclamation of annoyance.

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French[edit]

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Noun[edit]

knickers m pl (usually plurale tantum; singular knicker)

  1. Abbreviation of knockerbockers.
    Il est venu en knickers.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The singular form knicker is just another spelling for the plural form which may refer to one or more pair of trousers.

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