Definition of knickers in US English:

knickers

plural noun

  • 1North American Loose-fitting trousers gathered at the knee or calf.

    • ‘The RSS has been advised to switch over to trousers, abandoning its trademark khaki knickers.’
    underpants, briefs, bikini briefs, drawers, french knickers, tanga briefs, camiknickers
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  • 2British A woman's or girl's underpants.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She smiled at me and performed a pirouette, her skirt rising up to reveal a flash of white knickers.’
    • ‘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.’
    underpants, briefs, bikini briefs, drawers, french knickers, tanga briefs, camiknickers
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Phrases

  • get one's knickers in a twist

    • informal Become upset or angry.

      • ‘Why is the Department of Health getting its knickers in a twist about STIs?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So for heaven's sake, let's not get our knickers in a twist about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She's got her knickers in a twist about something.’
      • ‘But the former first lady didn't get her knickers in a twist.’
      • ‘Before you get your knickers in a twist this is not my opinion.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

knickers

/ˈnikərz//ˈnɪkərz/