Definition of knickers in English:

knickers

Line breaks: knick|ers
Pronunciation: /ˈnɪkəz
 
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noun

  • 1British A woman’s or girl’s undergarment, covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs and having two holes for the legs.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [as exclamation] informal Expressing contempt or annoyance: oh, knickers to the lot of them!
  • 2North American Knickerbockers.
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    • The woodcutting on the page showed a young boy in knickers and a waistcoat standing on a hill.
    • Norton was wearing hobnail leather boots, a tweed jacket, wool knickers, and a felt hat.
    • In a white shirt with a dark tie, light gray linen knickers, dark gray socks and brown-and-white golf shoes, he stepped to the side to watch Homans putt from 18 feet for a birdie.

Phrases

get one's knickers in a twist

British informal Become upset or angry.
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  • 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

knickerless

adjective
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  • On the cover of this month's GQ, Kylie Minogue is pulling up the skirt of her tennis dress, recreating the famous knickerless Athena player who used to adorn so many bedsit walls.
  • I have no shame - I go knickerless with dresses all the time, and the breeze is welcome on a hot day.
  • According to advance word, Sharon Stone will again be going knickerless for her role in Basic Instinct 2.

Origin

late 19th century (in the sense 'short trousers'): abbreviation of knickerbockers (see knickerbocker).

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