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 Navalny himself has the courage to be amused, later on, by the news that the poison was applied to the seams of his blue underpants. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2022 The men look at their shirts, their trousers, their underpants and socks and shoes being mixed up, being separated, combined with another man’s clothes, going into different bags. Keith Ridgway, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2022 Thankfully, Harry Styles stans are dedicated, so the Instagram account Harry Styles Fashion Archive already has a full breakdown of the singer's looks, down to his red underpants. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 1 Apr. 2022 Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal Reserve, is said to watch demand for men’s underpants. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 The second time was in Alexander Navalny’s underpants. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 Hey, if the underpants bomb didn’t work, why not switch to something less conspicuous? Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, 8 July 2014 Leigh Corfman detailed her allegations in a 2017 Washington Post report, describing how in 1979, Moore, then a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, had touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 On the second date, Corfman said Moore removed her outer clothing and touched her over her bra and underpants. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'underpants.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of underpants

1925, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About underpants

Time Traveler for underpants

Time Traveler

The first known use of underpants was in 1925

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near underpants



under par

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for underpants

Last Updated

6 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Underpants.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpants. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for underpants


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

More from Merriam-Webster on underpants

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for underpants

Nglish: Translation of underpants for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!