plural noun

britch·​es ˈbri-chəz How to pronounce britches (audio)

Examples of britches in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ia supernova, the kind cosmologists thought always exploded identically, arises when a white dwarf — the leftovers of a sunlike star — gets too big for its britches. Liz Kruesi, Discover Magazine, 1 June 2016 Apple workers aren’t just concerned about an office space that has outgrown its britches. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 19 Aug. 2022 Clooney gives a brilliant voice performance in the title role of the fox who’s often too big for his corduroy britches. Ben Flanagan |, al, 6 May 2022 Hang on to your britches, Big Bounce America is coming to Louisville. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 21 Apr. 2022 Macbeth has sometimes come off as a man too big for his britches — and punished for it accordingly. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 15 Jan. 2022 That is meant neither to be patronizing, nor a pat on the britches and a tousle of the hair. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2021 Some annuals and perennials can be just too big for their botanical britches. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 10 July 2021 Despite the quick success, West certainly hasn't gotten too big for his britches. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, 18 June 2021 See More

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Word History


alteration of breeches

First Known Use

1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of britches was in 1571

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“Britches.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun plural
britch·​es ˈbrich-əz How to pronounce britches (audio)
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