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

  • Close-fitting trousers, usually of tartan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. trousers, especially if close fitting and tartan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trowsers; especially, those of the Scotch Highlanders.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Trousers; specifically, the kind of trousers worn by the men of higher rank among the Scottish Highlanders. They are made of tartan cloth of the set or pattern of the wearer's clan.

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

  • n. tight-fitting trousers; usually of tartan


Variant of obsolete trouse; see trouser.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • He sat in a shaded corner of Avatre's pen, wearing the same tunic as Kiron himself and because he was not used to riding, a pair of the leggings that Heklatis called "trews" such as the barbarians wore, to keep his legs from being chafed raw on the inside.


  • He wore the "trews" of tartan, which in itself showed him a man of consideration.

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

  • I'm with you on the whole 'trews' thing - if you really are that jock then wear a skirt!

    Army Rumour Service

  • His ill-fitting jeans and lumpy pockets said: "I'm just relaxing on holiday in these comfy old trews."

    Face it, we all look dire on holiday | Victoria Coren

  • Males always assumed she was of their sex, simply because she wore trews and carried a sword.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • “Now, shall I wear the nigh-transparent skirt”—Regin tapped her chin—“or the trews that encase me like a second skin?”

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • Black trews of soft leather outlined his powerful legs.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • This will be a man whose elevation will have owed much to keeping his subs up to date at the local masonic lodge and golf club and keeping his tartan trews in constant preparedness for his 99 annual Burns suppers.

    Can we have a Stop Making Stupid Bills bill? | Kevin McKenna

  • This from the host and his lady—he in tartan trews of red and green, she in velvet of a violent, unflattering purple.

    The Dressmaker

  • At the thought of impregnating the female before him, his horns straightened even more, and his shaft pulsed in his trews.

    Demon From The Dark


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  • Wee Willie Gray, and his leather wallet,
    Peel a willow wand to be him boots and jacket;
    The rose upon the breir will be him trews an' doublet,
    The rose upon the breir will be him trews an' doublet,
    Wee Willie Gray, and his leather wallet,
    Twice a lily-flower will be him sark and cravat;
    Feathers of a flee wad feather up his bonnet,
    Feathers of a flee wad feather up his bonnet.

    - Robert Burns, 'Wee Willie Gray'.

    January 28, 2009