- britches (Appalachia, Southern US)
From Middle English breches, brechen pl, a variant of Middle English breche, brech, brek (“breeches”), from Old English brēċ (“breeches”), from Proto-Germanic *brōkiz pl (nom.acc.), from Proto-Germanic *brōks (“trousers”); akin to Old Norse brók (“breeches”), Danish brog, Dutch broek, German Bruch f; compare Latin brācae ( > French braies) which is immediately of Celtic origin, and likely ultimately from the same Germanic origin above. Compare brail.
- (plural of breech):
- (smallclothes; trousers):
- Rhymes: -ɪtʃɪz, -iːtʃɪz
- plural of
breeches pl (plural only)
- A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.
- 1834 , Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Robert Southey, “The Devil's Thoughts”, in The Poetical Works of S. T. Coleridge, volume II, London: W. Pickering, page 83:
- And how then was the Devil drest? / Oh! he was in his Sunday's best: / His jacket was red and his breeches were blue, / And there was a hole where the tail came through.
- (informal) Trousers; pantaloons.
- breeches buoy
- breeches pipe: a forked pipe forming two branches united at one end
- breeches role
- open-kneed breeches
- wear the breeches: see wear the pants, wear the trousers
- too big for one's britches