plural noun
un·​der·​pants | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpan(t)s How to pronounce underpants (audio) \

Definition of underpants

: a usually short undergarment for the lower torso : drawers

Examples of underpants in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Mia later returned from shopping, Dylan ran up and hugged her, but Farrow realized that Dylan was no longer wearing underpants under her sundress. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "‘Allen v. Farrow’: What We Learned From First Two Episodes of Docuseries," 1 Mar. 2021 My 43-year-old body, a decade older than hers, was clad in nothing but a T-shirt and cotton underpants. Laura Mechling, WSJ, "Is Your Workout Age-Appropriate?," 23 Feb. 2021 In the video released Monday, Mr. Navalny coaxes out a new detail: that the poison was planted on the inside of Mr. Navalny’s blue underpants. New York Times, "Navalny Says Russian Agent Confessed to Plot to Poison Him," 21 Dec. 2020 For example, Colton, our youngest, recently observed that daddies need only one pair of underpants. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Happy holidays from my family to yours!! (Exclamation points emphasize how upbeat we are!)," 3 Dec. 2020 Bolsonaro said last month, shortly before one of his top congressional allies was found with wads of cash stuffed into his underpants. Washington Post, "Bolsonaro ran against corruption. Now, he’ll have to find another slogan.," 21 Nov. 2020 President Jair Bolsonaro’s deputy senate leader resigned from his position after Brazil's federal police caught him with Covid assistance money stuffed in his underpants, according to the local press. Marisa Wanzeller, Bloomberg.com, "Top Bolsonaro Ally Resigns After Covid Cash Found in Pants," 15 Oct. 2020 Without that stand in place, a considerable amount of Series X hardware is exposed, as this console doesn't wear any plastic or aluminum underpants to cover its bottom-of-hardware air-intake grid. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Series X hands-on: The big back-compat dive begins [Updated]," 28 Sep. 2020 Repetitive small faces and figures, paired with messages or notes, and the use of neon colors, caricatures, swans and underpants would become key elements in his work. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Museum exhibit illuminates the making of iconic Minneapolis artist Frank Gaard," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of underpants

1925, in the meaning defined above

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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 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of underpants

US : underwear that people wear on the lower part of their bodies
British : underpants for men and boys


noun plural
un·​der·​pants | \ ˈən-dər-ˌpants How to pronounce underpants (audio) \

Kids Definition of underpants

: underwear worn on the lower part of the body

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