board shorts

plural noun
variants: or less commonly boardshorts play \ˈbȯrd-ˌshȯrts\

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 ChabonMaps and Legends2008
  • … they're in flip-flops, board shorts or jeans, baseball hats or visors, bead necklaces purchased on spring break.
  • —Nancy Gibbs et al.Time30 May 2005

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First Known Use of board shorts

1975


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