breeches vs knickers what difference

what is difference between breeches and knickers

English

Alternative forms

  • britches (Appalachia, Southern US)

Etymology

From Middle English breches, brechen pl, a variant of Middle English breche, brech, brek (breeches), from Old English brēċ (breeches), from Proto-Germanic *brōkiz pl (nom.acc.), from Proto-Germanic *brōks (trousers); akin to Old Norse brók (breeches), Danish brog, Dutch broek, German Bruch f; compare Latin brācae ( > French braies) which is immediately of Celtic origin, and likely ultimately from the same Germanic origin above. Compare brail.

Pronunciation

  • (plural of breech):
    IPA(key): /ˈbɹiːtʃɪz/

  • (smallclothes; trousers):
    IPA(key): /ˈbɹɪtʃɪz/ (traditional)

    IPA(key): /ˈbɹiːtʃɪz/ (more recent spelling pronunciation)

  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃɪz, -iːtʃɪz

Noun

breeches

  1. plural of breech

Noun

breeches pl (plural only)

  1. A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.
  2. (informal) Trousers; pantaloons.
    Synonyms: trousers, pants

Derived terms

  • breeches buoy
  • breeches pipe: a forked pipe forming two branches united at one end
  • breeches role
  • knee-breeches
  • open-kneed breeches
  • wear the breeches: see wear the pants, wear the trousers
  • too big for one’s britches

Translations

See also

  • pantaloons
  • britches
  • jodhpurs

Further reading

  • breeches on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


English

Etymology

Clipping of knickerbockers.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɪkəz/
  • (US) enPR: nĭkʹərz, IPA(key): /ˈnɪkɚz/

Noun

knickers pl (plural only)

  1. (colloquial, now US, rare) Knickerbockers.
  2. (Britain, New Zealand) Women’s underpants.
    For attributive usage of sense 2 see knicker.

Derived terms

Translations

Interjection

knickers

  1. A mild exclamation of annoyance.

Translations


French

Alternative forms

  • knicker m sg

Etymology

Unadapted borrowing from English knickers, or a clipping of knickerbockers.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /(k)ni.kœʁ/
  • Rhymes: -œʁ

Noun

knickers m pl (plural only)

  1. knickerbockers
    Synonym: knickerbockers

Usage notes

  • The singular form knicker, unlike the plural form, may only refer to one pair of trousers.

Further reading

  • “knickers” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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