• WordNet 3.6
    • n knickers underpants worn by women "she was afraid that her bloomers might have been showing"
    • n knickers trousers ending above the knee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • knickers The name for a style of loose-fitting short trousers, gathered in and ending at the knees; smallclothes; called also knickerbockers.
    • knickers Underpants, especially of women; panties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • knickers A contraction of knickerbockers. Also used adjectively, in the form knicker: as, a knicker suit.
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  • Jonathan Miller
    Jonathan Miller
    “Attitudes to museums have changed. If it had Marilyn Monroe's knickers or Laurence Olivier's jockstrap they would flock to it.”


Fur coat and no knickers - Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
Knickers in a twist - When your knickers are in a twist, you are angry and snappish over something trivial. 'Whenever he loses his car keys, he gets his knickers in a twist.'


In literature:

Then Robert made a back, and Cyril hoisted himself up and got his knicker-bockered knee on the concrete window-sill.
"The Phoenix and the Carpet" by E. Nesbit
On the other side of the beach, close down to the water, two little boys, their knickers rolled up, twinkled like spiders.
"The Garden Party" by Katherine Mansfield
I suppose they'll resolve into baggy knickers and the sort of long shirt with a belt to it the youngsters of your age all wear.
"Red Pepper Burns" by Grace S. Richmond
A score of the younger boys in white knickers and singlets came pattering down from the stage, through the vestry and to the chapel.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
Or stockingette gussetted knickers, closed?
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The sole casualty was a wound about a foot long in the hinterland of the Captain's unique knicker-bockers.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Tullis was father, mother and big brother to the little fellow in knickers.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Though as old and as tall as William, he was dressed in an embroidered tunic, very short knickers, and white socks.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
She was in her campaign kit of knickers, with a long rain-coat and a big knitted cap, and an entrancing boy she made.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
You can't wear knickers until you're one of the boys, and you can't be one of the boys until you wear knickers.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
Tall and handsome looking in his tourist knicker-bockers and close fitting steamer cap, Kenneth held both Helen's hands in his.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
Nick, in the course of his kaleidoscopic career, had been a caddie at thirteen in torn shirt and flapping knickers.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
And doesn't Turly look sweet in his velvet knickers?
"Terry" by Rosa Mulholland
Well come on Salteena he cried and dont be nervus I will get you a pair of knickers tomorrow.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
Yes, I must wear knickers.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
When I leave school I mean to go on a farm, and wear corduroy knickers and leggings and thick boots all the time.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
It was not in that pocket, nor in the one on the other side, nor in his knickers.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
There'll be much closer problems than that, I imagine, before Dinkie is out of his knickers.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
The sight of Pa training his star made the apprentices shake in their knickers.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Like the two men, she wore a grey flannel shirt, knickers, and spiral puttees.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers

In poetry:

In Hungary a boy wears white
Blouses, his knickers fit him tight,
He has top boots of patent leather,
And in his hat a peacock's feather.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

THIS summer the unvarying male uniform in the precincts of Brooklyn cool has been a pair of shorts cut at knickers length, a V-neck Hanes T-shirt, a pair of generic slip-on sneakers and a straw fedora.
" By 1881, it was shortened to "knickers," and was still common in the 1930s and 40s.
Mark Wahlberg was steaming up the set of his new movie Pain & Gain in Miami on Tuesday -- by stepping out in nothing but his knickers.
Fernand Labranche, once again, does seem to have his knickers in a twist.
Giorgio Armani has put a fashion twist in his knickers.
'Snickers 'n knickers' are well- earned .
This summer, a knicker-wearing, golf club-toting TV reporter has managed to do what dozens of photo montages have not.
Next Crime-Fighting Innovation: Plaid Knickers and a Tam O'Shanter.
When people talk about Madonna exposing herself, they normally mean her tendency to drop her knickers.
Get out your plaid knickers and argyle socks.
Complimentary back-up knickers might be a consideration.
Before we all get our knickers in a tweet.
William Kristol Has the Gray Lady's Knickers in a Twist.
Which other TV shows have gotten the PTC's knickers in a twist.