Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: knick·ers
Pronunciation: /ˈnikərz

Definition of knickers in English:

plural noun

1 (also knickerbockers) North American Loose-fitting trousers gathered at the knee or calf.
Example sentences
  • The RSS has been advised to switch over to trousers, abandoning its trademark khaki knickers.
2British A woman’s or girl’s underpants.
Example sentences
  • I showered, got changed into my black lacy French knickers and a black vest, had 3 glasses of wine and lay on the bed waiting for him to come home.
  • She greeted me at the door wearing only her bra and knickers, and a seductive smile.
  • She smiled at me and performed a pirouette, her skirt rising up to reveal a flash of white knickers.


late 19th century (sense 1): abbreviation of knickerbockers (see knickerbocker).


get one's knickers in a twist

British informal Become upset or angry.
Example sentences
  • The Tories have really got their knickers in a twist over this.
  • It's been accused of rampant misogyny but the men are so pitiful and the show so unfunny that I won't be getting my knickers in a twist about the sexism.
  • Masts can be disguised or even concealed completely so there is nothing unsightly for members of the local planning committee or Civic Society to get their knickers in a twist about.




Definition of knickers in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words