tap pants

plural noun

: a loose-fitting woman's undergarment of a style similar to shorts formerly worn for tap dancing

Examples of tap pants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robbie’s character, Nellie LaRoy, wears a skimpy red dress that’s little more than a scarf and tap pants. Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2023 Nellie appears in a red silk playsuit with tap pants, perfect for crowd-surfing as well as dancing with no fewer than 250 people. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Dec. 2022 Then tap pants, looking like silky short shorts, ruled the underwear world until the 1940s and ’50s. Shira Feder, Vox, 5 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tap pants was in 1977

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“Tap pants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tap%20pants. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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