Definition of knickers in English:

knickers

plural noun

  • 1British A woman's or girl's undergarment, covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs and having two holes for the legs.

    • ‘She greeted me at the door wearing only her bra and knickers, and a seductive smile.’
    • ‘She stripped down to her knickers and bra and crawled into the other bed.’
    • ‘I showered, got changed into my black lacy French knickers and a black vest, had 3 glasses of wine and lay on the bed waiting for him to come home.’
    • ‘She smiled at me and performed a pirouette, her skirt rising up to reveal a flash of white knickers.’
    • ‘When she fell her mini skirt rose up, showing her stripy knickers.’
    • ‘You might fancy her in red lace, but is it really what she wants? Take a look in her knicker drawer when the moment is right and see what she buys for herself.’
    underpants, briefs, bikini briefs, drawers, french knickers, tanga briefs, camiknickers
    pants
    panties, knicks
    bloomers, directoire drawers, pantalettes
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    1. 1.1informal [as exclamation] Expressing contempt or annoyance:
      ‘oh, knickers to the lot of them!’
  • 2North American Knickerbockers.

    • ‘With its knickers and tops long sold in pro shops, the company is launching an expansion to create a larger sportswear brand, using its golfing heritage as the foundation.’
    • ‘In a white shirt with a dark tie, light gray linen knickers, dark gray socks and brown-and-white golf shoes, he stepped to the side to watch Homans putt from 18 feet for a birdie.’
    • ‘Bobby was wearing new lace-up shoes and knickers with long, thick socks like most of the boys in my school.’
    • ‘Norton was wearing hobnail leather boots, a tweed jacket, wool knickers, and a felt hat.’
    • ‘The woodcutting on the page showed a young boy in knickers and a waistcoat standing on a hill.’
    underpants, briefs, bikini briefs, drawers, french knickers, tanga briefs, camiknickers
    pants
    panties, knicks
    bloomers, directoire drawers, pantalettes
    View synonyms

Phrases

  • get one's knickers in a twist

    • informal Become upset or angry.

      • ‘Masts can be disguised or even concealed completely so there is nothing unsightly for members of the local planning committee or Civic Society to get their knickers in a twist about.’
      • ‘It's been accused of rampant misogyny but the men are so pitiful and the show so unfunny that I won't be getting my knickers in a twist about the sexism.’
      • ‘But the former first lady didn't get her knickers in a twist.’
      • ‘She's got her knickers in a twist about something.’
      • ‘The Tories have really got their knickers in a twist over this.’
      • ‘The reason I got my knickers in a twist over this story is that these guys are cheerfully ploughing ahead with a programme based on severely flawed technology.’
      • ‘Why is the Department of Health getting its knickers in a twist about STIs?’
      • ‘So for heaven's sake, let's not get our knickers in a twist about it.’
      • ‘Before you get your knickers in a twist this is not my opinion.’
      • ‘Ok, now don't get your knickers in a twist, I know it's a good game, but it seems to me that a lot of people say a lot of stupid things when they're talking about the Super Bowl.’

Origin

Late 19th century (in the sense ‘short trousers’): abbreviation of knickerbockers (see knickerbocker).

Pronunciation:

knickers

/ˈnɪkəz/