Definition of trousers in English:

trousers

Line breaks: trou|sers
Pronunciation: /ˈtraʊzəz
 
/
(also a pair of trousers)

noun

  • An outer garment covering the body from the waist to the ankles, with a separate part for each leg.
    More example sentences
    • But weeks later, a package arrived direct from the designer containing two pairs of trousers, two shirts, dress shoes, trainers and a belt.
    • The ordinary clothing of Afghani men is a rather baggy pair of trousers with a draw-string at the waist, and a loose, long-sleeved shirt reaching about to the knees.
    • Many men had suits made to measure with two pairs of trousers as the coats and waistcoats usually outlasted one pair of trousers.
    Synonyms
    slacks; North American pants
    British informal trews, strides, kecks
    Australian informal daks
    Australian & South African informal rammies

Phrases

catch someone with their trousers down

wear the trousers

informal Be the dominant partner in a relationship: there’s no doubt who’ll wear the trousers in that house
More example sentences
  • IT'S astonishing how many men like to pretend we wear the trousers in our relationships when, deep down, we know we don't.
  • I wear the trousers in this relationship and I always will.
  • Mia liked to wear the trousers in their relationship.

Derivatives

trousered

adjective
More example sentences
  • As one would expect from his earlier dramatic studies of Berlin and New York, his bumper book of Shanghai is neither the work of a ragged trousered philanthropist, nor easy reading for the rabid metropolitan booster.
  • Robson indicates a trousered leg: ‘I've got terrific knees, ankles and hips - no arthritis.’
  • He moved back close to me and started stroking my trousered thigh up and down, up and down, gently, absent-mindedly.

Origin

early 17th century: from archaic trouse (singular) from Irish triús and Scottish Gaelic triubhas (see trews), on the pattern of drawers.

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