boxer shorts

plural noun

Definition of boxer shorts 

: men's underwear shorts characterized by loose fit

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Ortovox’s Ultra Hot Pants wear almost like boxer shorts. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 They were clad in all white: boxer shorts, T-shirts and do-rags on their heads, the release stated. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "They escaped from a N.M. jail in their boxers. Now one of their guards is behind bars," 19 June 2018 Majerle, by then the most popular bachelor in town, created a line of clothing, Thundernine, which included T-shirts, boxer shorts and a calendar. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns – and fans – reach silver anniversary of love affair with 1993 Western Conference champions," 16 June 2018 Bieber wore the same pair of plaid Off-White x Umbro boxer shorts as Hadid and even borrowed some of the model's styling notes. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber Copied Bella Hadid's Clueless-Inspired Outfit," 8 June 2017 After all, boxer shorts can be worn with any uniform! John Kelly, Washington Post, "Love a man in uniform? Then you’ll love these stories of fabric survivors.," 29 May 2018 The silly creature even eats the farmer’s boxer shorts, plucking them from the clothesline like a sybarite eating grapes. WSJ, "Children’s Books: Safe Journeys," 11 May 2018 The notice also warns MRI patients to beware of metal buttons in some boxer shorts and metal stays in bras. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Getting an MRI? Ditch the yoga pants, hospitals warn | The Sacramento Bee," 10 May 2018 Earl Caldwell, a New York Times reporter who had interviewed King on the balcony the previous day, ran out of his motel room in his boxer shorts. Fox News, "Witnesses forever changed by MLK's final days," 2 Apr. 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boxer shorts

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

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