knickers

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English[edit]

women's knickers
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Etymology[edit]

Clipping of knickerbockers.

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Noun[edit]

knickers pl (plural only)

  1. (colloquial, now US, rare) Knickerbockers.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage, published 1993, page 29:
      Students in the University were not permitted to keep cars, and the men – hatless, in knickers and bright pull-overs – looked down upon the town boys who wore hats cupped rigidly upon pomaded heads [] .
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow; Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press, published 1999, page 77:
      He was a student at Notre Dame, a robust Joe-College kind of kid, husky and tall and always dressed in plus-four knickers.
  2. (Britain, New Zealand) Women's underpants.
    • 2010 April 24, Sali Hughes, “Calendar girls galore”, in The Guardian:
      The debate here is not over whether raising £26,000 (and counting) for our troops is a wonderful thing – it unarguably is – but over whether, whenever times are tough and money must be found, our default reaction as women should be to take off our knickers to help out?
    For attributive usage of sense 2 see knicker.

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Interjection[edit]

knickers

  1. A mild exclamation of annoyance.

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Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English knickers, or a clipping of knickerbockers.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /(k)ni.kœʁ/
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  • Rhymes: -œʁ

Noun[edit]

knickers m pl (plural only)

  1. knickerbockers
    Il est venu en knickers.He came in knickers.
    Synonym: knickerbockers

Usage notes[edit]

  • The singular form knicker, unlike the plural form, may only refer to one pair of trousers.

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