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
North American pants
British informal trews, strides, kecks
Australian informal daks
Australian & South African informal rammies

Origin

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

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.

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