Loose-fitting trousers gathered at the knee or calf
A woman's or girl's underpants
breeches: trousers ending above the knee
bloomers: underpants worn by women; "she was afraid that her bloomers might have been showing"
Knickerbockers; Women's underpants; A mild exclamation of annoyance
(knicker) distortion of 'nicker', meaning £1. See entry under 'nicker'. See also 'pair of knickers'.
underpants, bloomers, shorts, more generally, pants. "Don't get your knickers in a twist" = Don't get upset (familiar, but not rude. Origin "the Basil Brush Show", a British kidult humour programme from the 1970s. Similarly, "Don't get your tits in a tangle", origin unknown.
Although several websites say that this is a slangy, generic British term for underwear, I’ve only ever heard it refer to women’s underwear. That’s why it’s an insult to tell a man “not to get his knickers in a bunch” – because he’s allegedly wearing women’s underwear, see?
originally a colloquial contraction of knickerbockers . Knickerbockers were (at first) short, loose-fitting trousers gathered in at or just below the knee. Then knickerbockers came to be applied to bloomer-like underwear worn by women. ...
Baggy trousers worn by golfers in the 1930s. They were called "plus fours" because they were cut off four inches below the knee, then tucked into long socks. ...
puffy pants that gather just below the knees, exposing the calves.
n. 1. Bloomers. Old ladies underwear which are loose, baggy, made of flannel and come to the knees. A knickerbocker glory is an ice cream concoction similar to a giant banana split. The phrase ``Don't get your knickers in a twist'' is a plea not to get upset about something.
In South Africa, we refer to Knickers as panties.
fairly loose-fitting short pants that are gathered at the knee.
‘Panties’. As in, ‘get one’s knickers’ in a twist’ (implies stressing) or ‘get in someone’s knickers’ (implies sex. Or, transvestism).