Underpants (often abbreviated to pants in Britain[1]) is a term that in British English refers to men's underwear worn on the lower body. The term is gender neutral in American English.[2]

Types of underpants

Boxer shorts

Boxer shorts
Boxer shorts

Main article: Boxer shorts

Boxer shorts, boxers, or trunks (Britain),[3] have an elasticated waistband that is at or near the wearer's waist, while the leg sections are fairly loose and extend to the mid-thigh. There is usually a fly, either with or without buttons. The waistbands of boxers are usually wider than those of the various types of briefs, and often bear the brand name of the manufacturer.

Boxer briefs

Boxer briefs
Boxer briefs

Main article: Boxer briefs

Boxer briefs are similar in style to boxer shorts, but are form-fitting like classic briefs. Like briefs they often utilize a fly.

Sometimes boxer briefs are called trunks (Britain),[4] but see next section.

Midway briefs

Main article: Boxer briefs

Midway briefs are similar in style to boxer briefs, but are longer in the leg, at the longest being up to the knees.

Trunk briefs

Trunk briefs
Trunk briefs

Main article: Trunks (clothing)

Trunk briefs, also known as simply trunks, are shorter than boxer briefs but still have leg sections, unlike briefs.[5]

Briefs

Briefs
Briefs

Main article: Briefs

Classic briefs have an elasticated waistband at or near the wearer's waist, and leg bands that end at or near the groin. Many briefs feature a fly. They also come in ultra-absorbent varieties.

Bikini briefs

Bikini briefs
Bikini briefs

Main article: Bikini

Bikini briefs are a variation on briefs that have less coverage; though typically full coverage of the derrière. Conventionally, they have no fly.

Thong

Thong
Thong

Main article: Thong

Thongs are like bikini briefs, except the backside is very narrow and goes between the buttocks.

Panties

Several styles of women’s underpants (thong and G-string: back view)
Several styles of women’s underpants (thong and G-string: back view)

Main article: Panties

“Panties” is a general term for female underpants. The UK English equivalent is “knickers.”

Diapers

Main article: Diapers

Diapers are a type of underwear worn by young children and those suffering from incontinence. Unlike other briefs diapers allow the wearer to urinate or defecate without soiling their surroundings. These can be either reusable or disposable.

History

Main article: Undergarment § History

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See also

References

  1. ^ "UNDERPANTS | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary". Dictionary.cambridge.org. 25 May 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  2. ^ Underpants. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 2 August 2012 from CollinsDictionary.com website: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/underpants.
  3. ^ boxer shorts.Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from CollinsDictionary.com website:http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/boxer-shorts.
  4. ^ trunks. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from CollinsDictionary.com website:http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/trunks
  5. ^ "High Anxiety in the Underwear Department". The Wall Street Journal. New York. May 14, 2009.