\ ˈpan(t)s How to pronounce pants (audio) \

Definition of pants

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or less commonly pant \ ˈpant How to pronounce pant (audio) \, chiefly US : an outer garment covering each leg separately and usually extending from the waist to the ankle a pair of pants wearing short/long pants often used before another nouna pants leg sometimes used in the singular form pant especially before another noun and in clothing catalogsa pant lega classic khaki pant
2 chiefly British : men's underpants
3 : pantie
with one's pants down
US, informal
: in an embarrassing position (as of being unprepared to act)


pantsed; pantsing; pantses

Definition of pants (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

US, informal : to yank down the pants of (someone) as a prank or joke Sandler plays Dave Buznik, a Brooklyn-born wimp, a patsy, a schlemiel so mild-mannered he makes other people want to pants him.— Lisa Schwarzbaum "I was standing on the corner with my friends and we saw some girls we knew from school," recalled Robert Alicea … "They were walking past when my friend decided it would be funny to pants me. The girls started yelling and pointing—it was horrible!"— Greg Downing

First Known Use of pants


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pants


short for pantaloons


derivative of pants entry 1

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The first known use of pants was in 1833

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“Pants.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pants

chiefly US : a piece of clothing that covers your body from the waist to the ankle and has a separate part for each leg


noun plural
\ ˈpants \

Kids Definition of pants

: a piece of clothing usually reaching from the waist to the ankle and covering each leg separately

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