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  • Underpants; skivvies, and like that. First heard in my surfer days.

    August 16, 2007

  • "'The wind was so bad, you could taste salt, all the time, because little bits of ocean were flying through the air, mixed with the rain. We were, like, soaked through to our choners.'

    'Your what?' Ian said, frowning.

    'Underpants—you know, drawers. Smallclothes,' Brianna said, flapping an impatient hand. 'Go on.'"

    —Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (New York: Bantam Dell, 2005), 490

    February 1, 2010

  • Probably from the Spanish "chones," meaning "underpants." I have found it as far back as 1972.

    February 1, 2010

  • "I put on clean choners and then shimmied into the black tights and added a skirt." Sue Grafton, U is for Undertow, 2009

    May 18, 2010