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

Examples of buttoned-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brie, accustomed to playing buttoned-up Type-A characters, has a lot of fun with Amy's hippie-dippie aesthetic. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2024 The high collar with lace trim is feminine and flirty without feeling too proper or buttoned-up. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 20 Jan. 2024 Ever since going viral on TikTok last year, Olympia Gayot, J.Crew's head of womenswear, has become a blueprint for high-low fashion that’s equal parts effortless and buttoned-up. Frances Solá-Santiago, refinery29.com, 11 Sep. 2023 The look consisted of a white buttoned-up shirt paired with an oversized navy blazer. Alex Kessler, Glamour, 30 June 2023 Button-downs were too baggy and wrinkle-prone for my taste—not to mention literally buttoned-up. Emilia Petrarca, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2023 At a time when the genre can seem smotheringly buttoned-up, and most of his peers in mainstream country stardom seem to have their s–t pretty well together both inside and outside of their music, Wallen’s cracks are almost always visible and/or audible. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1767, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buttoned-up was in 1767

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“Buttoned-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttoned-up. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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