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Pronunciation: /pan(t)s

Definition of pants in English:

plural noun

1British Underpants or knickers.
Example sentences
  • The chaps Tom and I have styled all bought pants or boxers and vests and have all reported back that they are soft, fit really well and that their women think they look much better.
  • Many stores now sell bikinis as separates, so you can buy the pants and bra in different sizes to ensure a perfect fit.
  • Department store Marks & Spencer is launching an underwear range for men featuring thongs and glittery pants.
G-string, thong;
North American shorts, undershorts
informal panties, undies, frillies
British informal kecks, smalls
North American dated step-ins
2chiefly North American Trousers: corduroy pants (as modifier pant) wide pant legs
More example sentences
  • The women that Isis had a glimpse of wore either bell-bottomed trousers, denim pants, or blue jeans.
  • The shirts tucked into tight, ebony brown rawhide pants, trousers designed to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
  • Lord I am so grateful for drawstring pants and trousers with elastic.
3British informal Rubbish; nonsense: he thought we were going to be absolute pants
More example sentences
  • It's not art - it's pants.
  • I thought I'd give it a go. Unfortunatly, I'd not looked at the opinions of others on Ciao..........boy, do I wish I had! It's pants. It really is a poor program.


mid 19th century: abbreviation of pantaloons (see pantaloon).


catch someone with their pants (or trousers) down

informal Catch someone in an embarrassingly unprepared state: it’s a wonder the government hasn’t been caught with its pants down
More example sentences
  • In Australia we were caught with our pants down when our nurses began to strike.
  • I mean, I knew the guy was a rotten apple, I knew what he was up to, and he still managed to catch me with my pants down because I simply didn't pay attention at the right time… ah, figuratively speaking, of course.
  • I could not believe the irony of the fact that for our one and only sighting of this most secretive of creatures I had been caught with my pants down, both metaphorically and literally speaking.

fly (or drive) by the seat of one's pants

informal Rely on instinct rather than logic or knowledge: I was flying by the seat of my pants because I’d never managed anybody before
More example sentences
  • After finding fame and success you can't just fly by the seat of your pants (when it comes to creativity).
  • Be prepared and don't fly by the seat of your pants.
  • Well, ‘something came up’ and they didn't show up, so I was stuck with teaching it, trying to fly by the seat of my pants.

scare (or bore etc.) the pants off someone

informal Make someone extremely scared (or bored etc.): she scared the pants off all who worked with her
More example sentences
  • It's a fine line between motivating people to stop smoking and scaring the pants off them.
  • If there is one category of horror movies that scares the pants off me, it's zombies, and this remake certainly got me jumping and twitching in my seat.
  • There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.

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