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

  • A lower undergarment, typically having short or no legs, worn next to the skin under other clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. underwear, clothing covering the lower genitalia.

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

  • n. an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin


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  • I like underpants. I especially like Captain Underpants.

    October 19, 2008

  • I have knickers! As do 29 other Wordies. Me, I prefer pyjamas. Silk.

    October 19, 2008

  • Underpants are overrated! Pajamas too. 'Course I'm not commenting on my own proclivities, don'tcha know. Leastwise, probably mebbe.

    October 19, 2008

  • Only seven Wordies have clothes (or clothing).

    October 19, 2008

  • On the internet, no-one knows ... etc.

    October 19, 2008

  • Very few Wordies have underpants, actually.

    I wonder if that says anything about us, as a group.

    October 19, 2008

  • Sionnach doesn't have underpants. Nor does he have boxers or underwear. Though he does have bloomers ... was there something in the water in South America?

    October 19, 2008