boardshorts

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A boy wearing boardshorts

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board +‎ shorts

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boardshorts pl (plural only)

  1. A style of typically knee-length lightweight shorts worn generally by males as swimwear and for surfing.
    • 2008 May 15, Guy Trebay, “A Line in the Sand and in the Stores”, in New York Times[1]:
      But the appeal of the label — now sold at surf shops in 19 states and 12 countries — is that its black boardshorts and no-frills logos both bypass the sport’s floral sartorial clichés and also, for those in the know, summon up a hard-core, roots surfer image of riders like those Da Hui underwrites.

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