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knickers

Syllabification: knick·ers
Pronunciation: /ˈnikərz
 
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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.

Origin

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

Phrases

get one's knickers in a twist

1
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.

Derivatives

knickered

1
adjective

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