board shorts

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board shorts
 
pl n
shorts with longer legs, originally meant to protect a surfer's legs against the surfboard

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Main Entry:  board shorts
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of very long, sometimes baggy swimming shorts; also written boardshorts, also called boardies
Example:  The name of boardshorts likely originates from their affiliation with aquatic sports that use a board, such as surfing.
Etymology:  1975
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