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

  • Loose knickers bagging below the knees, worn formerly for sports.

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  • n. Trousers that extend four inches below the knee, traditionally associated with sports, especially golf.

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

  • n. men's baggy knickers hanging below the knees; formerly worn for sports (especially golf)


From the fact that they were four inches longer than ordinary knickers.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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