noun (plural) AmE a man's underwear

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  • skivvies — underwear, 1932, nautical slang, of unknown origin. An earlier skivvy/skivey was London slang for female domestic servant (1902) …   Etymology dictionary

  • skivvies — [“skiviz] n. underpants; underwear. □ He stood there chattering in his skivvies waiting for additional indignities. □ I don’t have any clean skivvies! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Skivvies — Skiv·vies (skĭvʹēz) A trademark used for underwear. This trademark often occurs in lowercase in print: “About 500 yards away, on three destroyers snubbed up to the dock, men were clambering on the deck in their skivvies” (Smithsonian). * * * …   Universalium

  • skivvies — n pl American male underwear. The origin of the word is not known. ► Ordell looked over at Louis Gara having his morning coffee in his skivvies, his bare feet up on the coffee table. (The Switch, Elmore Leonard, 1978) …   Contemporary slang

  • Skivvies — trademark used for men s underwear …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • skivvies — noun mens cotton underwear Syn: briefs, bungies, BVDs, tightie whities, Y fronts …   Wiktionary

  • skivvies — skiv|vies [ skıviz ] noun plural AMERICAN underwear, usually for men …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skivvies — skiv·vy || skɪvɪ n. man s cotton T shirt (Informal); (British) female servant, chambermaid (derogatory) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skivvies — N. Amer. underwear of vest and underpants. → skivvy …   English new terms dictionary

  • skivvies — Noun. Underwear, particularly with reference to pants. Orig. US …   English slang and colloquialisms

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