from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as pantaloons, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural A garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately.
  • noun Underpants.
  • noun Underpants worn by women; panties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of pant.
  • noun fashion Plural form of pant.
  • verb To pull someone’s pants down; to forcibly remove someone’s pants.
  • adjective UK, slang of inferior quality, rubbish.

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  • noun underpants worn by women


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From the verb to pant (from Middle English panten and (hence) the noun pant.)

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Shortened from pantaloons ("trousers").


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  • Check out the Wikipedia entry for the British use of pants. Love it. My girlfriend started calling me "Pants" after I took to referring to girls as skirts.

    January 20, 2007

  • Shortened from the original pantaloons.

    March 6, 2007

  • A general term of annoyance.

    e.g. “Aww pants!�?

    October 2, 2007

  • Haha! Must use that some day. :-)

    October 2, 2007

  • My nephew, age 3 or so, is sitting quietly in a carseat, when apropos of nothing he blurts out "Aww man, why am I wearing pants?"

    I now ask myself that question all the time. Don't alway have an answer.

    October 2, 2007

  • Kid's a genius, John. Get him on Wordie ASAP. :-)

    October 2, 2007

  • "Pants" is also an expression of badness, such as, "I'm pants at checkers." or "This day has been absolute pants."

    October 3, 2007

  • Yeah! I'll pants that!

    October 3, 2007

  • I just never realized what a remarkably versatile word is pants. It's...why, it's the Pants!

    October 3, 2007

  • Also a verb, to pull someone's pants down by surprise.

    July 21, 2008

  • What you always wanted to read: a brief Japanese essay on pants.

    February 11, 2009

  • HAR! A really productive *snort* Bah!

    This is just the ticket for getting through PTA meetings with my sanity intact! Yay!

    March 3, 2009

  • *guffaw*

    March 4, 2009

  • "Difficult to see. Always in motion is the pants."

    March 4, 2009

  • "The pants that can be explained are not the real pants."

    March 4, 2009

  • "Search your pants, you know it to be true."

    March 4, 2009

  • "A tremor in the Pants. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master."

    One that's not in there but should be: "You don't want to sell me any pants. You want to go home and rethink your life."

    March 4, 2009

  • I know this meme as the Pants Game -- my friends and I used to play it in college. We took turns inventing lines such as these, not just from Star Wars but from any film.

    Some I still remember:

    "Drop your pants!"

    --The Princess Bride

    "Gondor has no pants. Gondor needs no pants!"

    --The Lord of the Rings

    March 4, 2009

  • And here I thought it was just my family....

    March 4, 2009

  • The Pants Game!!! Wow, that sounds even more fun than Meerkat!

    March 4, 2009

  • Meerkat? What is Meerkat (other than a cute animal)?

    March 4, 2009

  • Meerkat is when you make up stuff that rhymes with meerkat (or just cat), but you have to invent a clue so other people would guess your invented -kat.

    I can't think of any good examples... How about, "A cat that spends a lot of time at the pub" clue might have the answer of "Beerkat."

    There was one where the clue was, "A Founding Father -kat that is seen in many places," or something like that, and the answer was "A George-Washington-Slept-Here-kat."

    I'm not explaining this well. Somebody pants me.

    March 4, 2009

  • p.s. for Wordieternity, there's some pants fun going on over at we've got to get a reading on those pants, up or down!.

    p.p.s. Weirdnet!!

    March 4, 2009

  • In the UK, the word 'pants' is also being used as slang to mean: bad. For example, last week Eddie Izzard tweeted that the weather was pants = bad.

    Schoolkids also use pants to mean 'not good'.

    June 9, 2009

  • Interesting headline here.

    October 13, 2010

  • Strange article too.

    April 2, 2011

  • Laughing so hard I can't see the screen ...

    Sad to say the Star Wars list is no longer where the link takes you, and I can't find it anywhere. But here's a truncated list

    May 4, 2011

  • Mysteries of Vernacular: Pants. (

    September 16, 2012