plural noun
knick·​ers | \ ˈni-kərz How to pronounce knickers (audio) \

Definition of knickers

1 : loose-fitting short pants gathered at the knee
2 chiefly British : underpants

Examples of knickers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some guys harken back to the days of old, wearing the pants like knickers to just below the knees, showing a flash of colored stocking that runs the length of the calf. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 Georgina, 21, who sells knickers, tights and socks to her submissives, agrees with this sentiment. Gina Tonic,, 10 Jan. 2021 This European lingerie brand is offering up to 50% off sitewide—and yes, that includes the brand’s full range of products, from bras to knickers and bralettes to lingerie. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of knickers

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for knickers

short for knickerbockers

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The first known use of knickers was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Knickers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knickers

US : loose-fitting pants that reach just below the knee


noun plural
knick·​ers | \ ˈni-kərz How to pronounce knickers (audio) \

Kids Definition of knickers

: loose-fitting short pants gathered at the knee

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