inexpressibles

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From inexpressible +‎ -s. Compare unmentionables ‎(underwear).

Noun[edit]

inexpressibles pl ‎(plural only)

  1. (colloquial, dated) breeches; trousers
    • Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz - The Out and Out Young Gentleman The Oxford Illustrated Dickens pg. 596
      For some years past the favorite costume of the out-and-out young gentleman has been a rough pilot coat, with two gilt hooks and eyes to the velvet collar; buttons some larger than crown-pieces.; a black or fancy neckerchief, loosely tied; a wide-brimmed hat, with a low crown; tightish inexpressibles, and iron-shod boots.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lord Lytton to this entry?)

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.