Shorts vs. Pants

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  • Shorts (noun)

    Trousers worn primarily in the warm weather that do not go lower than the knees.

    "Jessica hated covering her legs, so she rarely wore anything but shorts."

  • Shorts (noun)

    Underwear bottoms.

    "After a scare like that, I need to change my shorts."

  • Shorts (noun)

    Remnants, clippings, trimmings of production processes.

  • Shorts (noun)

    The part of milled grain sifted out which is next finer than the bran; pollard.

  • Shorts (noun)

    Short, inferior hemp.

  • Pants (noun)

    An outer garment that covers the body from the waist downwards, covering each leg separately, usually as far as the ankles; trousers. from 19th c.

  • Pants (noun)

    An undergarment that covers the genitals and often the buttocks and the neighbouring parts of the body; underpants. from 19th c.

  • Pants (noun)

    Rubbish; something worthless.

    "You're talking pants!"

    "The film was a load [or pile] of pants."

  • Pants (adjective)

    Of inferior quality, rubbish.

    "Your mobile is pants β€” why don’t you get one like mine?"

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Webster Dictionary
  • Shorts (noun)

    trousers that end at or above the knee

  • Shorts (noun)

    (usually in the plural) underpants worn by men

  • Pants (noun)

    (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately;

    "he had a sharp crease in his trousers"

  • Pants (noun)

    (usually in the plural) underpants worn by women;

    "she was afraid that her bloomers might have been showing"

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