un·​der·​wear ˈən-dər-ˌwer How to pronounce underwear (audio)
: clothing or an article of clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

Examples of underwear in a Sentence

he had been sleeping in his underwear so he had to put a robe on before answering the door
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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underwear was in 1870

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

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un·​der·​wear ˈən-dər-ˌwa(ə)r How to pronounce underwear (audio)
: clothing or an article of clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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