board shorts

plural noun
variants: or less commonly boardshorts \ ˈbȯrd-​ˌshȯrts How to pronounce board shorts (audio) \

Definition of board shorts

: swimming shorts of a kind originally designed for water sports (such as surfboarding) that are often long or baggy and have a drawstring on the waistline In those days, a pair of bathing trunks did not in the least resemble the baggy board shorts that boys and men wear swimming today.— Michael Chabon, Maps and Legends, 2008 … they're in flip-flops, board shorts or jeans, baseball hats or visors, bead necklaces purchased on spring break.— Nancy Gibbs et al., Time, 30 May 2005

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First Known Use of board shorts

1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Board shorts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/board%20shorts. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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