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

  • Underwear, especially for women or girls.

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  • n. Plural form of underthing.


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  • Novelist Delilah Marvelle took Ms. Carr's seminar twice, at romance conventions in 2006 and 2008, because she was struggling to describe unmentionables, as 19th-century women called their underthings.

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  • Consumer backlash and questions from a newspaper have prompted retailing giant Loblaw to pull a flier for Joe Fresh "underthings" from circulation.

  • Allure is a lovely store full of pricey underthings and a considerate sales staff.

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  • In our hot summers, I am much cooler in a coton dress, wide straw bonnet, cotton underthings and a pair of sandals than clinging shorts, pants and T's or sleeveless tops.

    Alfred Augustus Glendening 1861-1903

  • She does not wear uncomfortable clothes— what she thinks of as uncomfortable, such as high heels and garments that bind, or reveal slashes of flesh a middle, a shoulder, a piece of thigh, tiny itchy underthings with too many fasteners.


  • "Plainly Dressed" also sells underthings that will go well under dresses.

    18th and 19th Century Country Women

  • Kwik - Sew has patterns for all kinds of underthings.

    Home Living

  • The tiles were cool under her feet and she reached first for her underthings, leaning against the banquette as she drew one stocking on, then the next, snapping the garters firmly.

    Excerpt: The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

  • Rupert Finch, now heavily into preparations to take the St. Andrews cricket squad to South Africa, also made time to catch his girlfriend prance down the runway in her sexy underthings.

    William and Kate

  • Pretty soon, the great unwashed will be screaming your name at shopping mall appearances and throwing their underthings at you.

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