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

  • Calf-length slacks worn by women and girls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of pedal pusher.
  • n. women's slacks that end at the calves (originally worn by cyclists)


From their originally being worn by bicyclists.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • One of the garage bands has a drummer who wears pedal pushers and braids onstage, and he looks like the ultimate in trendiness.

    Futures Imperfect

  • You may be too young to remember the floral pedal pushers for nonstop beach-blanket fun in the 1960s or the dancers who backed up the Supremes on Ed Sullivan wearing their cheeky cropped pants while doing a mean mashed potato.

    The Style Checklist

  • An overfilled bus slowed to admire the Americansā€™ bad luck, and Julia observed herself as if from the crowded window, a bottle-blond woman dethroned, removed to the gutter in her goofy pedal pushers and daisy-topped flip-flops.

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