In the English speaking
world, in particular
Ireland, some Commonwealth
countries, and occasionally in
is a word that is used to describe women's and occasionally (but
quite rarely) men's underpants and
lingerie, and for sports pants
sportswear. In the United
States it more commonly used as a short form for
Knickerbockers, a type of golfing pants, also called
The word carries a naughty
or playful connotation, which keeps it in use in the media. The
word has entered the English language in many ways. The phrase 'Knickers
to you' has evolved into a favourite way of telling someone that
one doesn't care about them or their opinion. The phrase 'Don't
get your Knickers in a twist' is in common usage, as a way of telling
someone to 'calm down' and 'don't get angry'. The phrase 'Fur coat
and no knickers' describes a woman who looks rich and glamorous,
but is in fact not so classy. 'Oh Knickers' is a favourite expletive,
which is used when something has gone wrong.
describe a loose fitting boxer like underpants, which may be made
of silk or satin, typically with a lace trim.
usage knickers referred to men's garments such as
knickerbockers, also known as plus twos or plus fours in British
English. The term knickerbockers has become historic in British
English but is used in North America. The term "knickers"
is still used to refer to knickerbockers in American English. However,
the adoption of the term "knickers" to denote a women's
undergarment in British English has caused the expression, along
with "knickerbockers" to become historic.
George Cruikshank, whose
illustrations are classic icons for Charles Dickens's works, also
did the illustrations for Washington Irving's droll
History of New York
(published in 1809) when it was published in London. He showed the
old-time Knickerbockers, Irving's fictitious Dutch colonial family,
in their loose knee-length Dutch breeches. By 1859 relatively short
loose ladies' undergarments, a kind of abbreviated version of
pantaloons, were known as "knickers" in England, but
this is often used as a general term for all women's underwear.
There are now many names for women's undergarments that are sometimes
called knickers, such as
tangas and others.You may also want to learn
French Knickers are a type of
lingerie and are sometimes
called "tap pants", i.e. tap-dancing pants. The term is
predominantly used in the
UK to describe a type of underwear
worn from the hip. They cover the hip, most of the upper thigh and
all of the buttocks, and are denominated by the 'open leg' style,
or loose fitting leg. They do not have elasticated leg cuffs, but
allow a pleated, more comfortable fit. The style may have straight
cut leg cuffs with or without trimming, or the leg cuffs may be
bias cut to a degree.
They are not to be confused with "hipsters'
or "briefs", or "bikini bottoms" and "boyshorts",
all of which feature elasticated leg openings and much snugger fit
to the body.
knickers should only be worn with
A-Line type skirts and free-flowing dresses, which require freedom
of movement without the visible panty line (VPL), because the french
knickers would give a smooth appearance underneath the fabric of
the clothing aforementioned, therefore suitable for day wear or
evening outfits for this reason.
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