shirtsleeve


1shirt·sleeve

noun \-ˌslēv\

: the sleeve of a shirt

Full Definition of SHIRTSLEEVE

:  the sleeve of a shirt
in one's shirtsleeves or in shirtsleeves
:  wearing a shirt but no coat

First Known Use of SHIRTSLEEVE

circa 1566

2shirtsleeve

adjective \-ˌslēvz\\-ˌslēvd\

: not wearing a coat or jacket

: warm enough so that you do not need a coat or jacket

: informal and direct

Full Definition of SHIRTSLEEVE

1
a :  being without a coat <a shirtsleeve spectator>
b :  calling for the removal of coats for the sake of comfort or efficiency <shirtsleeve weather>
2
:  marked by informality and directness <shirtsleeve diplomacy>

Variants of SHIRTSLEEVE

shirtsleeve also shirt·sleeves \-ˌslēvz\ or shirt·sleeved \-ˌslēvd\

First Known Use of SHIRTSLEEVE

1842

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