Definition of trouser in English:



  • 1as modifier Relating to trousers.

    ‘his trouser pocket’
    ‘a trouser press’
    • ‘Alan patted a small packet wrapped in brown paper and twine that protruded from his trouser pocket.’
    • ‘Anecdotally, some patients have also reported pain after routinely wedging bulky wallets into their trouser pockets.’
    • ‘He said the company had embraced fresh thinking in the past - en-suite facilities in bedrooms were a novelty 20 years ago, along with televisions and trouser presses.’
    • ‘She reached inside her trouser pocket and brought out a necklace, heavily jeweled.’
    • ‘Always in their best grey suits, they nevertheless fail the sartorial test by wearing trainers which glare from under their trouser cuffs.’
    • ‘Cozy guest bedrooms upstairs with en suite showers, television and trouser presses provide privacy and personal space.’
    • ‘When they were ready, she took a small pouch from her trouser pocket.’
    • ‘Without further ado, the man reached down and snatched the letter from her trouser pocket.’
    • ‘You can use a hanger with clamps or slide the slacks onto a trouser rod or regular hanger.’
    • ‘Men should avoid carrying wallets in back trouser pockets.’
    • ‘I'm not saying I'm unaccustomed to luxury, but I did get quite excited to find I had an executive trouser press in my room.’
    • ‘The man was unloading his car when an unknown assailant grabbed him while an accomplice pulled cash out of his trouser pocket.’
    • ‘She pointed at a bulge in his right trouser pocket.’
    • ‘He mumbled and stuffed his hands into his trouser pockets.’
    • ‘Slowly, she slid a hand into her trouser pocket and pulled out a small, black radio which was shaped like a phone.’
    • ‘The study - the first to indicate that mobile phones have a negative effect on sperm counts - found that men most affected were those who kept their phones in their trouser pocket, or in a belt holster.’
    • ‘She reached into her trouser pocket for a flare, and lit it.’
    • ‘There was a tear in his left trouser leg, just above the knee, blood was staining the fabric there.’
    • ‘You check yourself and discover you've torn a trouser leg and your knee is bleeding and your knuckles are cut up.’
    • ‘I remove a scuffed up piece of paper from my trouser pocket and put on my best reading voice.’
    1. 1.1 A trouser leg.
      ‘his trouser was torn’
      • ‘Cuffs should be 1 5/8 inches, which give weight to the bottom of the pant, creating a more balanced transition from the trouser to the shoe.’
      • ‘He pulls back the trouser of his left leg and reveals a shaft of shiny brown plastic with a wooden foot squeezed into a second-hand running shoe.’
      • ‘Decker pulled up the trouser of his left leg and began to wrap the dressing around his calf and shin.’
      • ‘He scratches his right leg, lifting his trouser to reveal a wide, curved scar.’
      • ‘With that he yanked up the trouser of his right leg to expose the prosthesis that was there.’
    2. 1.2 (chiefly in commercial use) a pair of trousers.
      ‘the return of the high-waisted trouser’
      • ‘I could see nothing down his right trouser.’
      • ‘What cut of trouser will make me look excessively well endowed?’
      • ‘Another example of his seamless pairing of hunting style "gear" with high fashion was his heather grey fox fur four-pocket cinched jacket with matching belted trouser.’
      • ‘Julius, a 53-year-old Nigerian with flecks of grey hair, lifted up his tracksuit trouser to show the slashed skin around his calves.’
      • ‘You may find that a style of shirt or trouser you don't care for actually looks good on you.’
      • ‘In her column on page 34 Sarah Mower celebrates the return of the highwaisted trouser - a trend we welcome with undiluted joy.’
      • ‘It was a return to the 1970s, blending Halston glamour with the sexual liberation of the trouser.’
      • ‘Another modern mystery has been the tyranny of torso, as for the past few years the hipster trouser has reigned supreme.’
      • ‘This could be a particularly garish trouser, a pair of spats or a canary-yellow waistcoat.’
      • ‘It is like a trouser, yet in some important sense not a trouser.’
      • ‘The snow camouflage white trouser is also made from a lightweight, white nylon filament, water repellent treated cloth.’
      • ‘The youth was wearing a black trouser and a striped-shirt and the door was locked from inside.’
      • ‘Shorts, shirts and trouser should be made from a material that has been made for the tropics.’
      • ‘Geeta, who had swapped last night's tight, bright-green sari for a yellow salwar-kameez, a loose shirt and trouser.’
      • ‘I like the zip or button fly of a trouser.’
      • ‘Colour, texture of the cloth and size could be the criterion for buying a trouser.’
      • ‘Youth will be duly served if a young woman decides to buy her fitted abstract red stretch tulle (with navy trim) T-shirt or the blue tweed trouser that came with.’
      • ‘We'll do a low-waist trouser but it's not so low that you have to have a Brazilian bikini wax, so it's right for our customer.’
      • ‘I was dressed typically for an Indian summer, in a cotton shirt and a trouser.’


[with object]British
  • Receive or take (something, especially money) for oneself; pocket.

    ‘they claimed that he had trousered a £2 million advance’
    • ‘For, as we reveal today, theatres are to trouser up to £125m from the lottery after offering us dud after dud.’
    • ‘They capture the limelight and trouser the dosh.’
    • ‘The star will doubtless be trousering a tidy sum.’
    • ‘Yet for all the riches the current stars are trousering, they don't seem to express much joy in the so-called beautiful game.’
    • ‘You negotiate successfully with your parent nation to run the industry yourself, supply its needs, trouser the revenues.’
    • ‘Sony and Philips have been trousering the profits that come from owning the CD format for a couple of decades now, and no doubt will make many more millions in the future.’
    • ‘All professional people have a wider responsibility than trousering their fees.’
    • ‘As I mentioned I'm busy - but are we trousering any cash?’
    • ‘For a competitor who could strip out costs and trouser the management fees, that would be very attractive.’
    • ‘However, Mr Brown has continued to trouser the receipts despite the bridge having been built and paid for by private enterprise.’
    • ‘True to the format, a psychologist got to trouser a fee for saying that it isn't very nice if your father dies when you are a child.’
    • ‘The venture capitalists strip the homes, trouser the money and then sell up and move on.’
    • ‘Each won medals aplenty, both trousering the treasure trove of Olympic gold, each held world records galore.’
    • ‘I trouser the cash and look into the other bar to see if I know anyone.’
    • ‘Never, not even once,’ he said when asked if he had considered just trousering the money and keeping quiet about his good fortune.’
    • ‘Knowing Steve he probably trousered the cash I left on the side for the landlord.’
    • ‘They were very happy to trouser the surplus when things were good, now when the markets are unstable, you take the risk with your defined contribution payment.’
    • ‘Earlier this month, he bought almost 12 million shares, trousering almost $200 million in the process, in his direct PC company.’
    • ‘Then they trouser a handsome starting salary of around £28,000.’
    • ‘Or perhaps some of those who trousered huge cheques from Wimbledon last weekend could hand over half the cash.’
    steal, thieve, rob, pilfer, purloin, pocket, snatch, take, appropriate, abstract, help oneself to
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