Last modified on 30 August 2014, at 17:11

-pants

See also: pants

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Extracted from fancypants.

SuffixEdit

-pants

  1. (informal, usually pejorative) Used with adjectives ending in -y to form nicknames based on a negative quality of a person.
    • 1986, Babette Cole, Princess Smartypants, Hamish Hamilton, ISBN 0-241-11885-9:
      [book title]
    • 1999, Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach: A Novel, Abacus, (cited from Houghton Mifflin/Mariner Books, 2002, ISBN 978-0-618-21905-6), p. 91:
      We used to call her Miss Bossy Pants when she was a kid.
    • 2005, Lauren Myracle, Rhyme with Witches, Amulet Books, ISBN 978-0-8109-9215-3, p. 21:
      You had to pull one of your stupid disappearing tricks because you were being a pouty-pants.
    • 2012, April 21, Meghan McCarthy, "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1" [television episode], My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      Gee, maybe her name should be "Princess Demandy Pants".
    bossypants, fancypants, smarty pants, greedy-pants, pouty pants

Usage notesEdit

  • Usually the adjective must be two syllable long and end in -y, eventually with an interfix if the original adjective is only one syllable.
  • As with fancypants usage has not yet settled as to whether this should be separate, linked with an hyphen as a suffixoid or fused like a normal affix.

Derived termsEdit