gym shorts

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gym (short for gymnastics) + shorts

First year students at the U.S. Naval Academy perform the Herndon Monument Climb in gym shorts.


gym shorts pl (plural only)

  1. A type of relatively lightweight shorts with elastic waistbands designed for use in sports and physical activity, especially gym class. The terms basketball shorts and mesh shorts are used nearly synonymously with gym shorts in the United States, despite their different initial usage.