plural noun

skiv·​vies ˈski-vēz How to pronounce skivvies (audio)
US, informal
: underwear
The swelter of summer can tempt even the most modest among us to strip down to our skivviesOriana Schwindt

Examples of skivvies in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each shipment will have a t-shirt, a pair of skivvies, and a pair of socks, each made from high-quality materials and for comfort. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 6 Jan. 2023 And you'll be stoked by how these skivvies aren't just meant for training. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 7 Dec. 2022 Watson stripped to his skivvies and stepped into the street, where he was killed by a passing car. Sara Netzley,, 6 Dec. 2022 This direc-to-consumer skivvies label specializes in cozy-as-hell knits that come in fun patterns, so your underwear drawer will never be boring. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 25 Nov. 2022 De Noia polishes the act (as much as stuffing dollars in dental-floss skivvies can be refined), helping Banerjee reach new levels of success. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Oscar skivvies Harris recalls stripping down to his underwear for a skit when hosted the Oscars in 2015. Marc Malkin, Variety, 30 July 2022 RiRi's Savage x Fenty ambassadors and loyal customers have no problem getting in their skivvies for some content. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 In August last year, the New York Times bestselling author stripped down to her skivvies to give an important message to her followers on Instagram about positive body image in the age of filters and other editing apps often used on social media. Olivia Jakiel,, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


from Skivvies, former trademark

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skivvies was in 1919

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“Skivvies.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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