Definition of pants noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pænts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pænts//
    [plural] Clothes
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  1. 1  (British English) underpants or knickers a pair of pants See related entries: Clothes
  2. 2  (especially North American English) trousers a new pair of pants ski pants a brown vest with matching pants see also cargo pants See related entries: Clothes
  3. 3(British English, slang) (also used as an adjective) something you think is of poor quality synonym rubbish Their new album is absolute pants! Do we have to watch this pants programme?
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: abbreviation of pantaloons.Idioms
    bore, scare, etc. the pants off somebody
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    (informal) to make somebody extremely bored, frightened, etc.
    (fly) by the seat of your pants
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    (informal) to act without careful thought and without a plan that you have made in advance, hoping that you will be lucky and be successful synonym wing it
    catch somebody with their pants down (British English also catch somebody with their trousers down)
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    (informal) to arrive or do something when somebody is not expecting it and not ready, especially when they are in an embarrassing situation
    have ants in your pants
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    (informal) to be very excited or impatient about something and unable to stay still
    wear the trousers (British English) (North American English wear the pants)
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    (often disapproving) (especially of a woman) to be the person in a marriage or other relationship who makes most of the decisions It’s obvious who wears the trousers in that family!
    wet yourself, wet your pants/knickers
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    [no passive] to urinate in your underwear by accident He was so frightened that he wet his pants.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pants