Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fitted underwear, especially a girdle, that is designed to hold a part of the body in a particular form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. foundation garments, designed to hold a part of the body in a particular form

Etymologies

shape +‎ -wear (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And I'm not talking about those human sausage casings they call "shapewear," either.

    Your (New) Slip Is Showing - A Dress A Day

  • While men's underwear makers go out of their way to avoid the "G-word," a growing number of labels are launching elasticized "shapewear," "bodywear," "support boxers" and other beer-belly-constricting undergarments for men.

    Men Go for It

  • Taking Shape at Macy's Macy's began carrying a new line of moisturizing "shapewear" this week and plans to sell it exclusively in 250 of its 800 stores.

    The Return of Christian Francis Roth

  • I expected this to be uncomfortable -- I've tried "shapewear" before from other makers and it's been uncomfortable and girdle-like and the edges roll up whenever you sit down and UGH.

    The Daily Bitch

  • But then they've made a comeback in recent years re-baptized "shapewear" and admittedly more comfortable and kind.

    Mommy Life

  • On Caryn's blog, you'll see the latest post is about 'shapewear' underwear: "It’ll help you to create a gorgeous silhouette, by pulling in your waist"...

    Supermodel Erin O'Connor slams fashion world for lying to women

  • • Cleverest Use of a "K" in Place of a "Qu": This award goes to Jill Zarin , of the "Real Housewives of New York" for her new shapewear line Skweez Couture, which she debuted on Tuesday.

    Fashion Highlights: Liquid Yogurt, Spray Tans

  • But if you're talking about a modern pair of textured tights, lace tights or seamed sheers with the added benefit of shapewear, you could be at the forefront of the next big thing, Bryant says.

    Return of hosiery: Sheer torture or pure polish?

  • Anna Scholz PROBLEM: It's hard to achieve a streamlined silhouette in dressy clothing without wearing serious shapewear.

    Project Plus-Size

  • They use internal shapewear technology like tummy panels to smooth the stomach area.

    Project Plus-Size

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  • Trademark of the Olga company for undergarments that purport to shape the body.

    January 19, 2010