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Knickerbocker


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A New Yorker, taken as a descendant of the original Dutch settlers in New York. The term comes from Diedrich Knickerbocker, pretended author of W. Irving's History of New York (1809).

The term knickerbockers for loose-fitting breeches gathered at the knee or calf is said to have arisen from the resemblance of knickerbockers to the knee breeches worn by Dutch men in Cruikshank's illustrations in Irving's book.


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