un·​der·​wear | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwer How to pronounce underwear (audio) \

Definition of underwear

: clothing or an article of clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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Examples of underwear in a Sentence

underwear has got to be the most boring thing that one could ever receive as a birthday present!

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For instance, on one donation day, staff from other schools arrived to pick up $350 worth of socks and underwear, as well as school supplies and food. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "How a nonprofit turned Baltimore County school storage rooms into a free general store for students in need," 11 June 2019 Astronauts wear the same shirt for a month but switch out socks and underwear every week. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "North Oaks eighth graders’ project could help astronauts do laundry in space," 3 June 2019 Despite the fact that the four friends toast to a normal senior year at the end of the finale, this clip proves that is not going to happen as Archie, Betty, and Veronica are seen standing around a bonfire, in their underwear, and covered in blood. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 "Riverdale" Questions That Need to Be Answered in Season 4," 16 May 2019 It’s also key to stick to wool or synthetics for socks and underwear. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "7 Tips for Packing All the Right Clothing for Your First Backpacking Trip," 24 Oct. 2018 Soft items like socks or underwear can cause intestinal blockages. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic," 7 Sep. 2017 In one song, adult Mauro begs his former lovers — dangling from three giant chandeliers in their underwear — to stay a little longer. Nora Mcgreevy, BostonGlobe.com, "In Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo,’ flights of imagination in the afterlife," 20 June 2019 Still in his underwear, the Frenchman marched outside and gave Costa's car the same treatment. SI.com, "Diego Costa: The Forward's Maddest Social Media Clips Which Give an Insight into His Batsh*t Life," 4 June 2019 Ganster fondled, groped and beat him repeatedly, once dragging him across a living room floor by his underwear and once beating him with a metal cross, the report said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Church helped former priest accused of abuse get Disney job," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of underwear

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underwear was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of underwear

: clothing that is worn next to your skin and under other clothing


un·​der·​wear | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwer How to pronounce underwear (audio) \

Kids Definition of underwear

: clothing worn next to the skin and under other clothing

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