Panties are a kind of underwear. Women's panties are also called knickers. Other names are underpants ("undies"), briefs and smalls.
There are many different shapes and sizes of panties. A common type are bikini panties, which are usually small like a bikini bottom. Bloomers are panties which are more voluminous (~bigger). Panties with a high waistline and are usually thought to be worn by older or more conservative women. The informal nickname for this kind of underwear is granny panties, which is short for grandmother panties.
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Knickers in British English only refers to female panties; in American usage the term is also used for a type of male trousers more properly called "breeches".