plural noun

un·​der·​pants ˈən-dər-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce underpants (audio)
: a usually short undergarment for the lower torso : drawers

Examples of underpants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was no control group wearing regular underpants, so there's no way to claim that the invention prevented bedsores from occurring, but at the end of the trial period, none of the patients had developed them. Ashley P. Taylor, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2012 Another first-round exit would make McCarthy’s underpants feel a little snugger. John Romano, Dallas News, 11 Jan. 2023 The crucial sequence of Goofy and Max finding Huey Newton’s Rattan throne in the back of a thrift store, for instance, is replaced by the two of them being menaced by Bigfoot, who winds up with a pair of Goofy’s underpants stuck to his head. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2022 Forget the tired old pine-tree air freshener; this squirrel in underpants is way funnier. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 7 Oct. 2022 And the best part is, the underpants fit neatly in the tiny tin the size of a lighter. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 23 Sep. 2022 Each tin comes with five pairs of disposable underpants that fit most adults. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, 5 Aug. 2022 The board further concluded that Yasenchack’s hunt through Ellis’ underpants constituted an unauthorized strip search. John H. Tucker, cleveland, 27 July 2022 As the outdoorsman pours the water over the underpants filter, Portman makes an assessment. Anna Lazarus Caplan, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underpants was in 1925

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“Underpants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpants. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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noun plural
un·​der·​pants ˈən-dər-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce underpants (audio)
: short or long pants worn under an outer garment

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