Definition of boardies in English:


plural noun

  • Long shorts of a kind originally worn by surfers.

    ‘I stripped off down to my boardies and began catching some rays’
    • ‘I need to cast off the boardies of adolescence and assume the Speedos of the bodysurfing master before I will be considered for admission to the inner circle.’
    • ‘He now has his first pair of hibiscus-print boardies, little surfer-boy-to-be that he is.’
    • ‘He might have to pack something more substantial than a singlet and boardies!’
    • ‘The casual shirts come in the latest fashions and colours, and there are lots of shorts in a number of different styles including long shorts and boardies.’
    • ‘Time to dust off the boardies and measure the amount of winter chocolate consumption.’
    • ‘When you hit 10 or 12, you wanna be cool, so you switch to boardies.’
    • ‘The beachwear line of boardies and bikinis benefit from the use of quick-dry materials.’
    • ‘My boardies had to lay to rest for a slight bit longer before I could break them out again.’
    • ‘Today I managed to get my boardies actually ripped off.’
    • ‘I purchased some cheap sunnies and boardies, had a swim in the pool, and chilled in the sauna.’


1960s: abbreviation of board shorts.