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

  • A trademark used for undershirts and underpants worn by men and boys. This trademark sometimes occurs in print with a final 's: "He will be under constant scrutiny, right down to his BVD's” ( Los Angeles Times).

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

  • n. trademark for men's underwear


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • However, the B.V.D. company coyly kept the origin of its trademark obscure - very few consumers knew just what the 'BVD' stood for, and once other underwear manufacturers entered the fray and began cutting into BVD's market share, more and more people were using 'BVD' as a euphemism for 'underwear' without even realizing that the term had originated as a brand name.

    New Urban Legends

  • Over the years various folk versions of what the initials 'BVD' stood for - ranging from the ingenious to the absurd - circulated in the public sphere, some of the most common being 'Boys' Ventilated Drawers, '' Back Vented Drawers, '' Baby's Ventilated Diapers, 'and' Body Vest Doodads. '

    New Urban Legends

  • The owner of the dead cows was working with a local veterinarian, who initially believed a virus such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) or bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) could be the culprit, according to The Wausau Daily Herald.

    200 Dead Cows Found In Wisconsin

  • He was running as fast as he could; his only piece of clothes: tight, white BVD's.

    Big Secrets

  • Gee any shirtless studs in the show signing nice clean BVD Y-fronts?

    Live from SHOT: New Guns, New Gear, and Autographed Panties

  • As the red-faced Silkworm hurler raged at himself and the fates, the Typhoons broke through in the fourth inning, grouping two walks, a bunt single, a long fly ball to score a run, and a ringing double by Andy Sutherland that hit the BVD sign in right field on a bounce to score two more.


  • Quote, I was deeply offended when Fox ignored BVD in its 50th anniversary book.

    A Great Fucking Movie | clusterflock

  • BVD, thanks I emailed them and am spreading to my family and friends here in Texas.

    Tennessee GOP Smears Obama With Alleged Ties to Anti-Semitism and Farrakhan

  • I agree that mass defection is the only option BVD and I plan to stay home if that occurs as the belief that we have a democracy will have been completely disabused.

    Obama Wins Maine By Large Margin, Signaling Dark Stretch Ahead For Hillary Camp

  • Bravo BVD for being that one who paid attention to what's important.

    Early Exit Polls: In Virginia, Obama Has Big Lead Over Hillary -- Among Women


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.