Definitions

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

  • n. An outer garment for covering the body from the waist to the ankles, divided into sections to fit each leg separately. Often used in the plural.
  • adj. Of, designed for, or found on trousers: trouser legs; trouser cuffs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Of or relating to trousers.
  • n. A pair of trousers.
  • v. To put money into one's trouser pocket; to pocket.
  • v. To legally remove funds from an organization for personal use.
  • v. To secretively steal an item or money for personal use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
  • n. a garment (or part of a garment) designed for or relating to trousers

Etymologies

Back-formation from trousers, alteration of obsolete trouse, from Scottish Gaelic triubhas.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I know women who are still wearing his broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped black satin trouser suits from 12 years ago or his magical little black dresses, with an inner bodicing that narrowed the waist and emphasized the breasts.

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  • The trouser is a key item and much has been written about Gap 's Premium Pant collection.

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  • Last time I checked 35000 people a year were killed or seriously injured each year in trouser related accidents (inc. tights), every one of them avoidable.

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  • Ginevra lifts what can only be called a trouser leg, because that is what it is, though they are very seldom seen alone.

    Alice Sit-By-The-Fire

  • American Joyce DiDonato is at the top of her game in this sizzling collection of arias representing the gender-bending opera roles - called trouser roles in the biz - that mezzo-sopranos are frequently called on to play.

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  • New protective gear -- such as trouser covers made of fiber-reinforcement materials -- and an increased emphasis on safety have helped to reduce injuries among lumberjacks, says Paul Branch, who manages the timber department at Pike Lumber Co. in Akron, Ind. Still, accidents do occur from time to time, and some even result in death.

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  • ( "What Will I Do Without Euridice?"), I was sold forever, even though Orfeo ed Euridice featured a so-called "trouser" lead role, a part originally written for a castrato, but these days performed by a female mezzo-soprano in drag.

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  • The suits are made from pure merino wool and woven in the British mill first used by Montague Burton over 70 years ago and feature intricate detailing such as trouser brace buttons and an embroidered Burton "B" on the under collar.

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  • I LOVE the word "trouser," because it makes me feel like Anna Wintour!

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  • He had felt cold and thought it would be warm inside Mr. Morris 'trouser's leg.

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  • "That's right. You're invited to dupe Aunt Mildred by thanking her for that jumper, when in fact you've trousered the cash."
    - Matt Buchanan, Amazon offers happy (but sneaky) returns , theage.com.au, 29 Dec 2010.

    December 29, 2010

  • No, young Ulleskelf, there is no such thing as a trouser. 'Trousers' is what we cognoscenti call a plurale tantum, that is "plural only". The singular form however does occur in noun-noun compounds such as 'trouser leg/pocket/press/snake', and of course by conversion as a verb. Hurrah for morphology!

    June 10, 2009

  • Now THIS is a word I don't mind verbing!

    October 13, 2007

  • The colloquial verb "to trouser" means "to put away (lots of money)". E.g. "look at Vinny in his Beamer, he must be trousering six figures from that dodgy DVD business of his".

    October 12, 2007

  • If we have a pair of trousers, is a trouser just one leg of them, cut off below the thigh?

    October 12, 2007