Etymology
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shorts (n.)

"short pants," 1826, from short (adj.). Short-shorts is attested from 1946, originally men's briefs.

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Definitions of shorts

shorts (n.)
(used in the plural) trousers that end at or above the knee;
Synonyms: short pants / trunks
shorts (n.)
underpants worn by men;
Synonyms: drawers / underdrawers / boxers / boxershorts
From wordnet.princeton.edu