panty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1845 in the plural, meaning "drawers for men", a derogatory diminutive of pants (the shortening of pantaloons); meaning "underpants for women or children" first recorded 1908.

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Noun[edit]

panty (plural panties)

  1. (obsolete, in the plural) Short trousers for men, or more usually boys. [from the 19th c.]
  2. (usually in the plural, or in compounds) An article of clothing worn as underpants by women. [from the 20th c.]
    • 1952 October 13, Advertisement, Life, page 13,
      For, unlike old-fashioned diapers, PLAYTEX Dryper confines all wetness to the panty area; brings your baby a whole new world of comfort plus cleaner, finer protection.
    • 2003, Glamour, Volume 101, Issues 4-6, page number unknown,
      “One time I was going to run and change before a concert because I realized I had panty lines showing,” says Britta Phillips, [] .
    • 2011, Dan S. Kennedy, Jason Marrs, No B.S. Price Strategy, page 54,
      That puts their panty well over 1000% higher priced than the Hanes panty and roughly 300% higher priced than the Victoria′s Secret panty. All three are cotton bikini panties. Not much difference in the actual panty but a huge discrepancy in prices.
  3. (informal, roller derby) A helmet cover.
    • 2010, Alex Cohen, Jennifer Barbee, Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby, unnumbered page,
      There is a special play called “Passing the Star” that allows the jammer to remove her helmet panty and hand it over to the pivot.
    • 2010, Pamela Ribon, Going in Circles, page 200,
      We′re practicing this strategy right now. Francesca is the Jammer, and she′s supposed to pass me the helmet panty. Bruisey-Q is assisting her, helping her get through the pack by knocking the formidable ass of ThunderSmack out of the way.

Usage notes[edit]

One wears a pair of panties (like pant(aloon)s), not a panty. The singular form is used in derived terms, but rarely to refer to a single pair of panties.

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Dutch[edit]

panty

Etymology[edit]

From English panties, build back to panty, recorded since 1908

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Noun[edit]

panty m (plural panty's, diminutive panty'tje n)

  1. A pantyhose, nylon tights worn about legs by women
  2. (obsolete) Originally, short and/or legless undershorts worn by women and children

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English panty.

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Noun[edit]

panty m (plural pantys)

  1. panty girdle

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

panty m (plural pantys)

  1. pantyhose

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