Definitions

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

  • n. Clothes worn next to the skin, beneath one's outer clothing. Also called underclothes, underclothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Clothes worn next to the skin, underneath outer clothing.
  • n. Men's underpants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is worn under the outside clothing; underclothes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wearing under the outer clothing: as, clothes suited for underwear.
  • n. Undergarments; underclothes in general: a trade term.

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

  • n. undergarment worn next to the skin and under the outer garments

Etymologies

From under- +‎ wear. Compare Dutch ondergoed, German Unterwäsche, Swedish underkläder. (Wiktionary)

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  • Uplifting ... good idea, we'll need bras too in order to make the International Year of the Patronising Bastard a success.

    December 16, 2007

  • I think it would be more uplifting to patronize the Africans by providing them with funderwear. Think of the possibilities!

    December 16, 2007

  • "Our goal is to collect new, unopened packs of children’s and young adult’s underwear (ages 3-15). We will then distribute them throughout Africa. We want you to be armed with all the necessities to have your own drive. Here’s how." - www.mothersfightingforothers.com, Dec 2007.

    December 16, 2007