What Do You Call Your Underwear?

Updated on October 21, 2014

Knickers Down Today Ladies!

To make some extra money when I was a teenager, a very long time ago, I got myself a part time job setting up stall and selling shoes in an open air market. Every Saturday without fail I was there rain, hail or snow, well I do live in Scotland and that is our typical weather.

Anyway to cut a long story short, the lady on the next market stall sold ladies underwear and to attract customers to her wares every few minutes she would scream at the top of her voice, " Knickers down today ladies," Women and men especially would stop in their tracks and look around to see what was going on here, until the lady on the next stall followed her initial call out with "All ladies knickers half price today, Three pairs for a knicker," A knicker is a slang term for £1.00.

So anyway when this came into my mind today I was struck by the thought that we all wear underwear on a daily basis but we all have different names for the items that we wear beneath our regular clothes.

Slang Words For The Bra

The Ladies Bra, an essential piece of clothing that goes by a variety of different names.
The Ladies Bra, an essential piece of clothing that goes by a variety of different names. | Source

Alternative Bra Names

  • Dumpling Holders
  • Booby Blankets
  • Honker Hankies
  • Titty Tamers
  • Titty Tents
  • Breast Bags

Slang Names For the Lady's Bra

The lady's bra most woman would tell you is an essential part of their wardrobe, so much so that a staggering 83% of women would not leave the home without wearing one.

There are many nicknames for the faithful brassiere some rude, some crude and some that are just downright funny.

  • The Bra
  • The Brassiere
  • Over the shoulder boulder holder
  • Double Barreled Booby Holsters
  • The upper decker flopper stopper
  • Booby Traps
  • The Hooter Harness
  • The Rack Pack
  • The Chest Rest
  • Nipple Knapsacks

A family friend who was breast feeding her son came up with the name "Tupperware," for her feeding bra, when I asked her why she replied "Well you open it up and the food comes out,"

Ladies Knickers Re-Named

Ladies knickers, keep the extremities nice and warm and have been called by  many different names over the years.
Ladies knickers, keep the extremities nice and warm and have been called by many different names over the years. | Source

Alternative Names For Ladies Knickers

  • Man Grabbers
  • Man Traps
  • Tighty Whities
  • Chonies
  • Butt Flossers (Thong)
  • Police Line (Do not cross)
  • Passion Killers (Granny Pants)
  • Clam Openers
  • Oyster Catchers
  • Butt Bag

Slang Names for Ladies Knickers

There are many different types of ladies knickers and of course they too are called by many different names, such as briefs or panties, but when the imagination is allowed to run wild ladies knickers become a thing of mythical legend with some weird and wonderful names.

  • Knickers
  • Pants
  • Panties
  • Underpants
  • Briefs
  • Thongs
  • G-String
  • Pantaloons
  • Frillies
  • Drawers
  • Undies
  • Granny Pants
  • Bloomers
  • Smalls
  • Unmentionables

Of course there are many more names which to coin a phrase are "Unmentionable" on this page because they are too crude or rude to be published.

Alternative Names For Male Underwear

Men's underwear is so popular in Australia that they have over 80 different names for their underpants.
Men's underwear is so popular in Australia that they have over 80 different names for their underpants. | Source

Top 10 Funny Names For Male Underwear

  • Banana Hammock
  • Grape Smugglers
  • Ball Bags
  • Wiener Basket
  • Nut Huts
  • Budgie Smugglers
  • Snake Suppressors
  • Manhole Covers
  • Pecker Packer
  • Junk Trunks

Slang Names For Male Underwear

Are you a boxers or a briefs guy? As with the ladies there are many different types of mens underwear, In a recent survey it was found that Australian men have over 80 different names for their underpants.

  • Underpants
  • Pants
  • Briefs
  • Boxers
  • Y Fronts
  • Thongs
  • Knickers
  • Drawers
  • Trunks
  • Undies
  • Shorts
  • Trolleys
  • Grundy's
  • Scants
  • Skivvies
  • Sausage Skins
  • Keck's
  • Underoo's
  • Manties
  • Truncheon holder

After Michael Hirschey gave Erik Kurtis Low a wedgie on May 8, 2003, Low fatally shot him. The prosecutor for the case said in his closing arguments “Receiving a wedgie is not a reason to kill somebody.”

Name Your Underwear

That is my list of names that people use to name their underwear, do you have any names that I missed or just don't know, Please share your funny underwear names in the comments box below and lets keep the list growing.

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Questions & Answers


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        Ace Ha 

        6 months ago

        Male underwear are called "skivs" around here!

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        Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

        4 years ago from Mondovi, WI

        How funny! Good one.

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        4 years ago from London, England

        At my uni they were referred to as under-crackers. Don't ask me why.

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        5 years ago from Valencia

        Funny Hub Jimmy! And the Passion Killer seems to go both ways.

        Whenever a guy strips and wears a ´tent´ my date has officially ended there and then. The truth is....my mother taught me to wear the biggest Sloggie you can get and I never changed that until I turned 32!

        I´m turning 40 this year and boy oh boy....did I learn from my mistakes:-)

        Up, funny and shared!

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        இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 

        5 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

        I don't know if they say this just in Canada, but I've heard the term "gitch" or "gitchy yaw-yaw's".

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        James Paterson 

        5 years ago from Scotland

        Thanks for your coments Guys, I forgot about the German one lol, I also forgot, about the German name for mens Pants Ein Dickenhammocker

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        5 years ago from USA

        @ rfmoran LOL Das ist GOOT! Goot one! Yah! lol

      • CarNoobz profile image


        5 years ago from USA

        Well that was....uh...interesting. lol I've never heard most of those (now I feel like I've been missing out).

        My favorite: banana hammock. That's a keeper.

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        5 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

        Funny! I had heard of about half of these names. Keeping us informed of what to call our underwear is a serious job. Keep up the good work!

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        Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

        5 years ago from Long Island, New York

        I recall the German word for a bra: schtopsdefloppin.

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        James Paterson 

        5 years ago from Scotland

        pstraubie48 thankyou for your visit and comment, depending on the size it can also be called an over the shoulder pebble holder lol.....jimmy

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        Patricia Scott 

        5 years ago from sunny Florida

        Fun to read...over the shoulder boulder holder I use sometimes...got that from the movie Beaches. a clever and humorous read.

        thanks for the smile

        Sending Angels your way :) ps

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        James Paterson 

        5 years ago from Scotland

        Thanks Linda, I really had fun writing this one.....jimmy

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        5 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Boomer-rang or slingshot for a bra. Some of those bras are huge and they could be used as weapons!!

        Budgie Smugglers...Australian swimwear, similar to Speedos. Not much left to the imagination. Haha!

        Fun hub!!


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