[[Image:Denim hotpants.jpg|thumb|A woman in [[denim]] [[hotpants]].]]
'''Shorts''' are a [[clothing|garment]] worn by both [[man|men]] and [[woman|women]] over their pelvic area and the upper part of the upper
They are called "shorts" because they are a shortened version of [[trousers]] (as they are called in British English) or [[pants]] (in American English) which cover the entire leg.
== Shorts in spanking ==
In the past, shorts were mainly worn by [[boy]]s and rarely by adult men, girls and women. In many regions (such as South and Southeast Asia) this is the case to the present day. In many places, shorts are also part of boy's [[school uniform]]s. In parts of Europe, until approximately the 1960s, it was common for [[preteen]] boys to be wearing shorts every day, even in winter. Wearing trousers was permitted to older boys and men only. Boys "advanced" from shorts to trousers around age 12 to 14.
This background explains why shorts are often associated with "little boy's garments", and [[spankee]]s in [[boy spanking art]] and literature are often depicted or described wearing shorts to emphasize their youth and boy's status.