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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Diedrich Knickerbocker, name invented by Washington Irving for the supposed writer of his History of New York (1809), who is shown in the book wearing such pants

knickerbockers

noun
     
Related topics: Clothes
knick‧er‧bock‧ers [plural]
DCC short loose trousers that fit tightly at your knees, worn especially in the past

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