buttoned-up

adjective

but·​toned-up ˈbə-tᵊnd-ˈəp How to pronounce buttoned-up (audio)
: coldly reserved or standoffish
a buttoned-up executive

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of buttoned-up was in 1767

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Cite this Entry

“Buttoned-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttoned-up. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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