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From under- +‎ wear. Compare Dutch ondergoed, German Unterwäsche, Swedish underkläder.



underwear (uncountable)

  1. Clothes worn next to the skin, underneath outer clothing.
    • 1998, Banjo-Kazooie, Rareware.
      Don't scratch and bite, my little bear, you'll soon need bigger underwear.
  2. (colloquial) Underpants (boxers, briefs, panties, etc) and often bras.
    • 2006, Toni L. Meilleur, Tournament of Fire
      “A thong,” she answered him breathlessly. Now completely turned on by the fact that his man was sniffing her underwear and grinning like a tiger that took down its prey. That is if tigers could smile and still look sexy.


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