1. a descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.
  2. any New Yorker.

noun (used with a plural verb)

  1. Also knick·er·bock·ers [nik-er-bok-erz] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ərz/. loose-fitting short trousers gathered in at the knees.
  2. Chiefly British.
    1. a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
    2. panties.
  3. British Informal. a woman’s or girl’s short-legged underpants.
  1. to get one’s knickers in a twist, British Slang. to get flustered or agitated: Don’t get your knickers in a twist every time the telephone rings.

pl n

  1. baggy breeches fastened with a band at the knee or above the ankleAlso called (US): knickers

noun US

  1. a descendant of the original Dutch settlers of New York
  2. an inhabitant of New York

pl n

  1. an undergarment for women covering the lower trunk and sometimes the thighs and having separate legs or leg-holes
  2. a US variant of knickerbockers
  3. get one’s knickers in a twist slang to become agitated, flustered, or upset

“descendant of Dutch settlers of New York,” 1831, from Diedrich Knickerbocker, the name under which Washington Irving published his popular “History of New York” (1809). The pen-name was borrowed from Irving’s friend Herman Knickerbocker, and literally means “toy marble-baker.”


“short, loose-fitting undergarment,” now usually for women but not originally so, 1866, shortening of knickerbockers (1859), said to be so called for their resemblance to the trousers of old-time Dutchmen in Cruikshank’s illustrations for Washington Irving’s “History of New York” (see knickerbocker).

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