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This article is about male underwear. For other uses of Brief(s), see Brief

Briefs are a type of Y-shaped underwear and swimwear, as opposed to styles where the material extends down the legs.

In the case of men's underwear, briefs (unlike boxer shorts) hold the user's genitals in a relatively fixed position, which makes briefs a popular underwear choice for men who are participating in athletic activities or who feel they need more support than loose-fitting underwear can provide. They are also used by teenage girls to blackmail teenage boys(if they find out that the boy wears them) into doing whatever the girl desires.

Boy wearing Hanford P.E Briefs


Briefs were first sold on 19 January 1935 by Coopers Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. They dubbed the new undergarment the "Jockey" because it offered a similar degree of support as the jockstrap. 30,000 pairs were sold within three months of their introduction.

In Britain, briefs were first sold in 1938. Soon, shops were selling 3,000 briefs per week. They were so popular that in 1948 every member of the British Olympic team was given a free pair of briefs.

In Britain the term "jockeys" has not caught on, and briefs are often referred to as "Y-fronts", even though the fly opening may differ in style and not actually form the shape of the letter "Y".

In various continental European languages, such as Dutch, French and German, briefs are rather designated by the English word slip, which designated an entirely different garment (woman's underdress or underskirt) in English.

In Australia, briefs are often referred to as "jocks", but should not be confused with jockstraps (more specifically used by athletes) which expose the buttocks.

In the Philippines Briefs Refer to Bikini briefs because of the lesser Coverage of Bikini Style Briefs it very Suitable ot hot Climate in the Philippines Male Underwear are often referred to as Brip which is a Filipino transliteration of the word. It refers to any Y - Front underwear

White briefs (Bikini style)

In recent years, a hybrid called boxer briefs has become popular. Like boxers, they have short legs, but like briefs, they are made of elastic, snug-fitting material.

Briefs in popular culture[edit]

  • "Tighty whities" is a common American nickname for briefs. The term originally was derogatory in nature and was coined by wearers of boxer shorts to make fun of those who wore briefs, although the name has become mainstream and is usually accepted as the name of briefs. White is the most common color but they also come in many different colors and patterns.
A boy wearing Blue Briefs
  • In the 1990s, briefs were seen as uncool, especially among U.S. teenagers. In cartoons, usually the victims of wedgies wore "tighty whities."
  • "Jockey Briefs" are recognized with an entry (Page 52) in Quintessences: the Quality of Having It (New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1983).

In recent years, there has been a renewed popularity in briefs:

Video games[edit]

Television shows[edit]

  • The animated cartoon character Homer Simpson is often depicted sitting on his couch in his briefs drinking a can of 'Duff Beer'.
  • In the show Malcolm in the Middle Hal is arrested wearing a shirt and a pair of briefs.
  • In competitive swimwear, competition briefs, or speedos as they are commonly called, are a popular style of bathing suits.
  • In the 2002 teen film, The New Guy, Dizzy Gillespie Harrison (the main character) is seen tied to a chair with a pair of white briefs on top of his head.

Comic strips[edit]