Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for breeches in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- britches (Appalachia, Southern US)
From Middle English breches (plural) (also brechen), a variant of Middle English breche, brech, brek (“breeches”), from Old English brēċ (“breeches”), from Proto-Germanic *brōkiz (nominative/accusative plural), 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
- A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.
- (informal) Trousers; pantaloons; britches.
- 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