Definition of BVDs in English:


plural noun

North American
  • A type of boxer shorts.

    • ‘It was the first time I ever drank beer, and I wandered off because all I could think about was Peter in his BVDs.’
    • ‘Just me and him in our BVDs, watching television and munching on chips.’
    • ‘Unsure of the local etiquette, I'm hesitant to strip down to my BVDs and dive in.’
    • ‘He has the finest selection of briefs, boxers, and BVDs in the realm!’
    • ‘Every afternoon he watched television in his BVDs.’


Late 19th century: abbreviation from the name of the manufacturers; the mistaken full form in folk etymology is babies' ventilated diapers.