Advertisement

knickers (n.)

1866, in reference to loose-fitting pants for men worn buckled or buttoned at the waist and knees, shortening of knickerbockers (1859), said to be so called for their resemblance to the trousers of old-time Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations for Washington Irving's "History of New York" (see Knickerbocker). As "short, loose-fitting undergarment for women," by 1882, now the usual sense.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of knickers from WordNet

knickers (n.)
(used in the plural) trousers ending above the knee;
Synonyms: breeches / knee breeches / knee pants / knickerbockers
knickers (n.)
(used in the plural) underpants worn by women;
Synonyms: bloomers / pants / drawers
From wordnet.princeton.edu