knick·​er·​bock·​er | \ ˈni-kər-ˌbä-kər How to pronounce knickerbocker (audio) , ˈni-kə- \

Definition of knickerbocker

1 knickerbockers\ ˈni-​kər-​ˌbä-​kərz How to pronounce knickerbockers (audio) , ˈni-​kə-​ \ plural : knickers
2 capitalized : a descendant of the early Dutch settlers of New York broadly : a native or resident of the city or state of New York used as a nickname

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Recent Examples on the Web Wearing knickerbockers tucked into her knee-high socks, Kuhn raised an arm to signal her presence, stepped into the ice chute and waited for her cue. Noele Illien, New York Times, "It’s Among the World’s Hardest Sled Runs. Why Weren’t Women Allowed to Use it?," 5 Mar. 2020 Suits included boyish shorts or knickerbockers more often than a trouser. Washington Post, "Gucci’s Michele marks 5 years of challenging masculine codes," 14 Jan. 2020 They were originally modeled after classic knickerbockers: broad and billowy from the waist to the calf, and then skin tight to the ankle. Pete Forester, Esquire, "The Surprisingly Utilitarian History of These Crazy Baggy Pants," 7 Sep. 2017 This image, of a fair-haired child dressed as a page boy, in cape and knickerbockers, adorns the cover of the American edition of Sebald’s novel. James Wood, The New Yorker, "W. G. Sebald, Humorist," 31 May 2017 There was that about him which spoke of knickerbockers and romping childhood laid aside but yesterday. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Terror and Twitter," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of knickerbocker

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for knickerbocker

Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of History of New York (1809) by Washington Irving

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“Knickerbocker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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