plural noun

tighty-whit·​ies ˈtī-tē-ˈwī-tēz How to pronounce tighty-whities (audio)
variants or less commonly tighty-whiteys
: snug white underpants for men : white briefs

Examples of tighty-whities in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oh damn, Aidan looks good clothing-less, but…tighty-whities? Emma Specter, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2023 From serving drinks to passengers on a transatlantic flight to posing in his tighty-whities for a billboard, Lewis Capaldi’s reputation as music’s joker is hard-won. Mike Wass, Variety, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tighty-whities was in 1990

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“Tighty-whities.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tighty-whities. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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