Question about British English. If shorts means underwear than which word means shorts?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Shorts does not mean underwear the word you need is pants.

    • Pants are Long Trousers Underpants are Underwear

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  • 1 month ago

    Boxer shorts mean underwear (for men).

    Shorts just mean shorts (as in short trousers)

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  • RR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    In UK, we do not call inderwear shorts.

    We call short trousers shorts.

    We call male underwear underpants and female underwear knickers.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It doesn't mean underwear.  Shorts are shorts - short trousers.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    THEN, not than!! Learn the difference.

    UK....trousers, US...Pants.

    UK...pants, US ....shorts (underwear)

    In the UK shorts are short trousers , like the ones rugby/football players wear.

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  • In British English, pants are underwear, trousers are outerwear and shorts are short trousers.

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Shorts do not mean underwear....shorts are short trousers...underwear, is pants, boxers, etc

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Wrong. A certain kind of underwear is called boxer shorts, because they look like the type that boxers wear in the ring.

    The rest is underwear.

    UK

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  • 1 month ago

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorts#Terminologica...

    So: also "shorts", the word is more ambiguous in British English than it is in American English.

    • mericans don't speak English and have not for years

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  • 1 month ago

    Who told you shorts means underwear in British? There are boxer shorts, and shorts.

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