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pant 1

v. pant·ed, pant·ing, pants
1. To breathe rapidly in short gasps, as after exertion.
2. To beat loudly or heavily; throb or pulsate.
3. To give off loud puffs, especially while moving.
4. To long demonstratively; yearn: was panting for a chance to play.
To utter hurriedly or breathlessly: I panted my congratulations to the winner of the race.
1. A short labored breath; a gasp.
2. A throb; a pulsation.
3. A short loud puff, as of steam from an engine.

[Middle English panten, perhaps alteration of Old French pantaisier, from Vulgar Latin *pantasiāre, to have a nightmare, feel oppressed or short of breath from emotion, from Greek phantasioun, to form mental images, from phantasiā, appearance; see fantasy.]

pant′ing·ly adv.

pant 2

n. often pants
1. An outer garment that covers the body below the waist, usually to the ankles, and is divided into sections to fit each leg separately: She decided to wear pants instead of a skirt. He bought a new pair of pants.
2. Underpants.
with (one's) pants down Slang
In an embarrassing position.

[Short for pantaloon.]
Usage Note: You can refer to a single garment either as "pants" or as "a pair of pants." The same holds true not only for other similar garments such as shorts or trousers, but also for other single items that consist of two connected parts, such as glasses or scissors. With pants, the "pair" alludes to the fact that there are two openings for the legs. The use of the singular pant is largely confined to the fields of design, textiles, and fashion: The stylist recommended that the model wear a pant with a checkered print. Pant is also commonly used as the attributive form: pant leg, pant cuff, pant pocket.


v. wore (wôr), worn (wôrn), wear·ing, wears
1. To carry or have on one's person as covering, adornment, or protection: wearing a jacket; must wear a seat belt.
2. To carry or have habitually on one's person, especially as an aid: wears glasses.
3. To display in one's appearance: always wears a smile.
4. To bear, carry, or maintain in a particular manner: wears her hair long.
5. To fly or display (colors). Used of a ship, jockey, or knight.
6. To damage, diminish, erode, or consume by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure. Often used with away, down, or off: rocks worn away by the sea; shoes worn down at the heels.
7. To produce by constant use, attrition, or exposure: eventually wore hollows in the stone steps.
8. To bring to a specified condition by long use or attrition: wore the clothes to rags; pebbles worn smooth.
9. To fatigue, weary, or exhaust: Your incessant criticism has worn my patience.
10. Nautical To make (a sailing ship) come about with the wind aft.
a. To last under continual or hard use: a fabric that will wear.
b. To last through the passage of time: a friendship that wears well.
2. To break down or diminish through use or attrition: The rear tires began to wear.
3. To pass gradually or tediously: The hours wore on.
4. Nautical To come about with stern to windward.
1. The act of wearing or the state of being worn; use: This shirt is ideal for wear in sultry climates.
2. Clothing, especially of a particular kind or for a particular use. Often used in combination: rainwear; footwear.
3. Damage resulting from use or age: The rug shows plenty of wear.
4. The ability to withstand impairment from use or attrition: The engine has plenty of wear left.
Phrasal Verbs:
wear down
To break down or exhaust by relentless pressure or resistance: The child's pleading finally wore her parents down.
wear off
To diminish gradually in effect: The drug wore off.
wear out
1. To make or become unusable through long or heavy use: wore out a pair of hockey skates; a vacuum that finally wore out.
2. To exhaust; tire: Raking the leaves wore me out.
3. To use up or consume gradually: His complaining finally wore out my patience.
wear the pants/trousers Informal
To exercise controlling authority in a household.
wear thin
1. To be weakened or eroded gradually: Her patience is wearing thin.
2. To become less convincing, acceptable, or popular, as through repeated use: excuses that are wearing thin.

[Middle English weren, from Old English werian; see wes- in Indo-European roots.]

wear′er n.


pl n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) Brit an undergarment reaching from the waist to the thighs or knees
2. bore the pants off informal to bore extremely
3. scare the pants off informal to scare extremely
slang Brit inferior
[C19: shortened from pantaloons; see pantaloon]



n. (used with a pl. v.)
2. underpants, esp. for women and children; panties.
3. Brit. men's underpants, esp. long drawers.
wear the pants, to have the dominant role, as in a household.
[1830–40; short for pantaloons]



In British English, pants are a piece of clothing worn by men, women, or children under their other clothes. Pants have two holes to put your legs through and elastic round the waist or hips to keep them up.

Men's pants are sometimes referred to as underpants. Women's pants are sometimes referred to as panties or knickers.

In American English, a piece of clothing like this for men is usually referred to as shorts or underpants. For women, they are usually called panties.

In American English, the word pants is used to refer to men's or women's trousers.

He wore brown corduroy pants and a white cotton shirt.

In both British and American English, shorts are also trousers with very short legs that people wear in hot weather or for taking part in sports.

I usually wear shorts and a T-shirt when I play tennis.

Both pants and shorts are plural nouns. You use a plural form of a verb with them.

The pants were white with a lace trim.
His grey shorts were far too big.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'a pants' or 'a shorts'. You can say a pair of pants or a pair of shorts.

It doesn't take long to choose a pair of pants.
He is wearing a pair of shorts and a T-shirt.

You use a singular form of a verb with a pair of pants or a pair of shorts.

Why is this pair of pants on the floor?
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pants - underpants worn by womenpants - underpants worn by women; "she was afraid that her bloomers might have been showing"
underpants - an undergarment that covers the body from the waist no further than to the thighs; usually worn next to the skin
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one


plural noun
1. (Brit.) underpants, briefs, drawers, knickers, panties, boxer shorts, Y-fronts (trademark), broekies (S. African) a matching set of bra and pants
2. (U.S.) trousers, slacks He was wearing brown corduroy pants and a white shirt.
بَنْطَلُونبَنطَلون، سِرْواللباس تَحْتي للرجال، كَلسونلِبَاسٌ دَاخِلِيّ
housutmiesten alushousutpikkuhousutalushousut


A. NPL (Brit) (man's) → calzoncillos mpl; (woman's) → bragas fpl (Sp), calzones mpl (LAm) (US) → pantalones mpl
a pair of pants (Brit) (man's) → unos calzoncillos; (woman's) → unas bragas, unos calzones (LAm) (US) → un pantalón, unos pantalones
to bore the pants off sbaburrir terriblemente a algn
to catch sb with his pants downpillar a algn desprevenido
she wears the pantsella es la que manda
B. CPD pants press N (US) → prensa f para pantalones


(British) (woman's)culotte f; (man's)slip m
a pair of pants (woman's)une culotte; (man's)un slip
(US) (= trousers) → pantalon m
a pair of pants → un pantalon
to bore the pants off sb → barber qn
to scare the pants off sb → faire une peur bleue à qn
to fly by the seat of one's pants (= follow one's instinct) → fonctionner à l'intuition
adj (British) (= awful) → nul(le)
to be pants → être nul(le)


pl (esp US: = trousers) → Hose f; (Brit: = underpants) → Unterhose f; a pair of pantseine Hose/Unterhose; to beat the pants off somebody (inf)es jdm ordentlich zeigen; to charm the pants off somebody (inf)jdm um den Bart gehen; to wear the pants (US fig) → die Hosen anhaben (inf); to be caught with one’s pants down (fig)auf frischer Tat ertappt werden (inf); to be pants (Brit sl: = awful) → beknackt or beschissen sein (sl)


[pænts] npl (Brit) (underwear) → mutande fpl, slip m inv (Am) (trousers) → pantaloni mpl, calzoni mpl
to catch sb with his pants down (fam) → beccare qn in una situazione imbarazzante


(pӕnts) noun plural
1. (also ˈpanties) a short undergarment worn on the lower part of the body. a pair of pants.
2. (American) trousers.


بَنْطَلُون, لِبَاسٌ دَاخِلِيّ kalhoty bukser Hose, Unterhose παντελόνι calzón, pantalón housut, miesten alushousut pantalon, slip gaće, hlače mutande, pantaloni ズボン, パンツ 바지, 팬티 broek, onderbroek bukser kalesony, spodnie calças, cueca брюки, подштанники byxor, underbyxor กางเกง, กางเกงขายาว külot, pantolon quần 男人短衬裤, 裤子


n., pl. pantalones, calzones.


npl pantalones mpl
References in classic literature ?
spring, thou chap with the red whiskers; spring there, Scotchcap; spring, thou green pants.
At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearth-stone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.
Adolph himself, conspicuous in satin vest, gold guard-chain, and white pants, and bowing with inexpressible grace and suavity.
When we got up-stairs to his room he got me a coarse shirt and a roundabout and pants of his, and I put them on.
In the winter season Chambers was on hand, in Tom's worn-out clothes, with "holy" red mittens, and "holy" shoes, and pants "holy" at the knees and seat, to drag a sled up the hill for Tom, warmly clad, to ride down on; but he never got a ride himself.
You ain't had that there coat and them pants on for six months, and yet you talk as if--"
As he approaches the climax of his effort, he pants and gasps for breath, and his eyes almost start from their sockets with the violence of his exertions.
Standing on one leg three hours, to show off new-style strapped pants at 12 1/2 cents per leg per hour.
I believe I sweated a double handful of sweat I know I did--because it got in my eyes, and it was running down over my nose all the time; and you know my pants are tighter than any body else's--Paris foolishness--and the buckskin seat of them got wet with sweat, and then got dry again and began to draw up and pinch and tear loose--it was awful--but I never heard him sing.
Ay, marry, for I saw it all," cried she, panting as the hare pants when it has escaped the hounds, "and I fear he is wounded sore, for one smote him main shrewdly i' the crown.
He wore blue silk stockings, blue knee pants with gold buckles, a blue ruffled waist and a jacket of bright blue braided with gold.
At this inconvenient moment Davy remembered that when he had torn his new school pants the week before, Mrs.