Definition of shorts in English:


plural noun

  • 1Short pants that reach only to the thighs or knees.

    ‘cycling shorts’
    • ‘She pulled them off and tucked them into one of the thigh pockets of her shorts.’
    • ‘Michael was wearing black shorts that reached his knees, a grey t-shirt, and some rubber shoes.’
    • ‘The company's delivery drivers are already a familiar sight around Scotland in their uniforms of tartan trousers or tartan shorts, and occasionally kilts.’
    • ‘We might have been grammar school boys, but we still wore shorts, with socks designed to reach the knees hanging loosely round the ankles.’
    • ‘Men in white-collar jobs sometimes even wear shorts, knee socks, white shirts, and ties to work.’
    • ‘Men's volleyball uniforms consist of polo shirts and baggy shorts.’
    • ‘The boys looked smart in their uniforms of white shorts, khaki trousers and red sashes.’
    • ‘He dressed up in his best white shorts and knee length socks and confronted the head of agriculture in French Polynesia.’
    • ‘It can even be found in socks and cycling shorts.’
    • ‘He wore black shorts that reached down to his knees and had a seashell necklace around his neck.’
    • ‘During most of the year, boys wear shorts with knee socks.’
    • ‘I wiped my hand on the leg of my denim shorts and reached down to tug my backpack into the hut.’
    • ‘They were both dressed in cycling gear, shorts and jerseys.’
    • ‘I decided on my favorite pair of jean shorts and a blue tank top.’
    • ‘Heavy-duty conventional clothing such as jeans, drill trousers and drill shorts are not considered protective.’
    • ‘He has blue eyes, short dark hair and wore a black top and cycling shorts and carried a rucksack.’
    • ‘You get everything including running shorts, cycling shorts, swimming suits and track suits.’
    • ‘In order to look good, shorts should fall a little above the knees and fit nicely around your buttocks and legs.’
    • ‘He was wearing a cycling helmet, Lycra shorts and a sweaty t-shirt which read ‘The team that cycles together stays together.’’
    • ‘He wore two or three silver chains around his neck, a dark coloured T-Shirt, and baggy shorts that reached his knees with tennis shoes.’
    1. 1.1North American Men's underpants.
      • ‘After stripping off his shorts and undershirt, Adrian rinsed himself off and dried off hastily.’