Underpants

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Boxer shorts

Underpants are a man's undergarment covering the body from the waist or hips to the top of the thighs or knees.[1]

Types of underpants[edit]

Boxer shorts[edit]

Main article: Boxer shorts

Boxer shorts, boxers, or trunks[2] have an elasticated waistband that is at or near the wearer's waist, while the leg sections are fairly loose and extend to the mid-thigh. There is usually a fly, either with or without buttons. The waistbands of boxer shorts are usually wider than those of briefs, and often bear the brand name of the manufacturer.

Boxer briefs[edit]

Boxer briefs
Main article: Boxer briefs

Boxer briefs are similar in style to boxer shorts, but are generally shorter and form-fitting like briefs.

Sometimes boxer briefs are called trunks, [3] but see next section.

Trunks[edit]

Main article: Trunks (clothing)
Trunks

Trunks are shorter than boxer briefs but longer than briefs.[4]

Briefs[edit]

Briefs
Main article: Briefs

Briefs have an elasticated waistband at or near the wearer's waist, and leg sections that end at or near the groin. They also come in ultra-absorbent varieties.

Thong[edit]

Main article: Thong (clothing)

Thongs are like briefs, except the backside is made to go between the buttocks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Underpants. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 2 August 2012 from CollinsDictionary.com website: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/underpants.
  2. ^ boxer shorts.Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from CollinsDictionary.com website:http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/boxer-shorts.
  3. ^ trunks. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved 29 August 2012 from CollinsDictionary.com website:http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/trunks
  4. ^ High Anxiety in the Underwear Department, The Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2009.