Learn English – Does “pants” more commonly mean “trousers” or “underpants”


In the UK, I've heard pants being used as slang for underpants (or was it in Bridget Jones' Diary?), whereas in India it almost exclusively means "trousers".

Describing the meaning of "put your pants on one leg at a time", this link says:

To say that someone puts their pants
on one leg at a time
means that the
person is a human being no different
from anyone else.

The idiom's origin seems to refer to trousers
but I'm wondering whether someone reading this might think "underpants" rather than trousers?

Best Answer

In the UK "Pants" typically refers to underwear.
(Where it is also a slang term for "bad". As in "That's pants".)

In other parts of the world, notably the USA, "pants" refers to trousers.

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