boxer shorts

plural noun

Definition of boxer shorts

: men's underwear shorts characterized by loose fit

Examples of boxer shorts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel lies on the examining table, his striped boxer shorts down, exposing his right buttock. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "The Heavy Burden of Breasts," 5 Feb. 2021 Between the dad’s penchant for stripping down to boxer shorts when relaxing at home, the mom’s general wackiness, and the seminarian who stays with the family before his ordination, Lockwood has lots of comic material to work with. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 President Donald Trump, though, had his own section, with more than half a dozen shirts, assorted hats and visors and keepsakes that ranged from bottle openers to boxer shorts. Will Weissert, USA TODAY, "Joe Biden’s beach hideaway has political sun shining on Delaware's Rehoboth Beach," 15 Nov. 2020 According to Instagram, intimates, from nightgowns to bras and boxer shorts, were the other quarantine go-to. Eliza Huber,, "Lingerie As Outerwear, The Fashion Trend That Took Over Instagram In Lockdown," 21 Oct. 2020 That is when Villa, who was wearing only boxer shorts and a single sock, runs down the third floor landing and slams into the door, blowing it open and revealing another man hiding inside a bathroom, the videos show. Zach Murdock,, "Body camera footage shows Bridgeport police shooting suspect to break up stabbing; both suspect, victim expected to recover, officials say," 18 Sep. 2020 Sullivan burst out of his house wearing boxer shorts. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "An Anchorage woman was attacked on the street by a stranger. She says another stranger stepped in and saved her life.," 15 Sep. 2020 On Wednesday, the Opa-locka City Commission voted to end a 2007 resolution and 2013 ordinance that allowed authorities to hand out civil citations to people wearing pants that showed their boxer shorts or other undergarments, according to CNN. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Florida City Repeals 13-Year Ban on Saggy Pants After Critics Say It Targeted Black Men," 14 Sep. 2020 In an incident report, Pizzo wrote that Reed took part in a photo lineup at the facility, and while doing so, had his hands in his pants and boxer shorts. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Florida deputy on leave after video shows him grabbing Black teen by the throat at juvenile assessment center," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of boxer shorts

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Boxer shorts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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: loose shorts that are worn as underwear by men and boys

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