teddys


teddys

noun

  1. a male given name, form of Edward or Theodore.
  2. a female given name, form of Theodora.

noun plural -dies

  1. a woman’s one-piece undergarment, incorporating a chemise top and panties

pet form of masc. proper names Edward, Edmund, and Theodore; meaning “women’s undergarment” (with lower-case t-) is recorded from 1924, of unknown origin, perhaps from some fancied resemblance to a teddy bear (q.v.), a theory that dates to 1929. In British slang phrase teddy boy (1954) it is short for Edward, from the preference of such youths for Edwardian styles (1901-10). Teddies (probably from Teddy Roosevelt) was one of the names given to U.S. troops in France in 1917.

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