boy shorts

plural noun

Definition of boy shorts

: women's briefs or a bikini bottom with a low waist and with leg openings across the top of the thigh that are cut parallel to the waist Because they cut your leg straight across rather than at an upward angle, boy shorts actually make your hips and butt look bigger. Cute as they are, they work best on the very narrowest figures.Lucky Shopping Manual, 2003

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First Known Use of boy shorts

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Boy shorts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boy%20shorts. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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