Knickers vs Alans - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between knickers and alans

is that knickers is knickerbockers while alans is (cockney rhyming slang) knickers (shortened form of alan whickers).

As an interjection knickers

is a mild exclamation of annoyance.

As a proper noun alans is




(en-plural noun)
  • Knickerbockers.
  • * 1931 , William Faulkner, Sanctuary , Vintage 1993, p. 29:
  • Students in the University were not permitted to keep cars, and the men – hatless, in knickers and bright pull-overs – looked down upon the town boys who wore hats cupped rigidly upon pomaded heads [...].
  • * 1946 , Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues , Payback Press 1999, p. 77:
  • He was a student at Notre Dame, a robust Joe-College kind of kid, husky and tall and always dressed in plus-four knickers .
  • (UK, NZ) Women's underpants.
  • * 2010 , Sali Hughes, ‘Calendar girls galore’, The Guardian , 24 Apr 2010:
  • The debate here is not over whether raising £26,000 (and counting) for our troops is a wonderful thing – it unarguably is – but over whether, whenever times are tough and money must be found, our default reaction as women should be to take off our knickers to help out?


    (en interjection)
  • A mild exclamation of annoyance.
  • See also

    * French knickers * get one's knickers in a twist English pluralia tantum ----




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