- britches (Appalachia, Southern US)
From Middle English breches pl (also brechen), a variant of Middle English breche, brech, brek (“breeches”), from Old English brēċ (“breeches”), from Proto-Germanic *brōkiz pl (nom.acc.), from Proto-Germanic *brōks (“trousers”); akin to Old Norse brók (“breeches”), Danish brog, Dutch broek, German Bruch f; compare Latin bracae ( > French braies) which is of Celtic origin. Compare brail.
- (plural of breech):
- (smallclothes; trousers):
- Rhymes: -ɪtʃɪz, -iːtʃɪz
- plural of
breeches pl (plural only)
- A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.
- (informal) Trousers; pantaloons.
- breeches buoy
- breeches pipe: a forked pipe forming two branches united at one end
- open-kneed breeches
- wear the breeches: see wear the pants, wear the trousers
- too big for one's britches