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 The 15 percent minimum tax has The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board’s knickers in a twist because nearly half of the revenue would be raised from manufacturers. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 The popularity of the knickers was so widespread that Craghoppers eventually expanded the product line to offer an entire range of walking breeches and trousers for middle-of-the-mountain trekkers. Outside Online, 31 Oct. 2018 The demonstrators wore white tops and red shorts — outfits modeled after Tatiana Golovin, a French player who in 2007 got away with wearing bright red knickers on the Wimbledon grass. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 For the full look, there’s coordinating high-waisted and low-waisted knickers. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 All Stripe & Stare’s knickers, lounge & sleep wear and fashion items can be personalized with your choice of name, initials, shape or favorite quote for just £8 per item. Angela Lei, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Intensely soft Tencel Micro Modal knickers are the Stripe & Stare’s calling card, but don’t overlook their pajama assortment, crafted from the same fabric. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2021 Team with the matching shorty knickers, or the tanga model as below. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Tableaux Vivants knickers, $125, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Knickers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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