plural noun

un·​der·​shorts ˈən-dər-ˌshȯrts How to pronounce undershorts (audio)
: underpants for men or boys

Examples of undershorts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fila's quick-drying skirts with stretchy undershorts are a staple. Kristi Kellogg, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 May 2022 The tournament will now allow women to wear colored undershorts beneath their white attire to reduce anxiety and increase comfort for players on their periods. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2022 For her daytime matches, Williams wore this pink-and-navy-blue pleated dress with neon green undershorts and navy blue sneakers. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 Complete with neon green undershorts, a matching headband and white sneakers, this ensemble was one of the athlete's more classic tennis outfits. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 All those initiated wear symbols with religious significance, known as the five K’s: kesh (uncut hair), kanga (wooden comb), kachera (cotton undershorts), kirpan (a steel blade), and kara (a steel bracelet). Simranjit Khalsa, The Conversation, 13 Apr. 2022 Honestly, who’s a better endorser for a pair of tight undershorts than a media scion with a penchant for weird sits? Luke Winkie, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 Nike checks all the boxes with this tennis skirt: a clean silhouette with subtle pleating, lightweight fabric, comfortable waistband, and stretchy undershorts to slip tennis balls into. Kristi Kellogg, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undershorts was in 1944

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“Undershorts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undershorts. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural noun
un·​der·​shorts -ˌshȯrts How to pronounce undershorts (audio)
: underpants for men or boys

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