shirtsleeve

noun
shirt·​sleeve | \ ˈshərt-ˌslēv How to pronounce shirtsleeve (audio) \

Definition of shirtsleeve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

shirtsleeve

adjective
\ ˈshərt-ˌslēvz How to pronounce shirtsleeve (audio) \
variants: or less commonly shirtsleeves or shirtsleeved \ ˈshərt-​ˌslēvd How to pronounce shirtsleeve (audio) \

Definition of shirtsleeve (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

Examples of shirtsleeve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Khan pulled up a shirtsleeve to show the panel scars from shackles on his wrists. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Traffic God was operated by a fleet of men in shirtsleeves and green visors who frequently commented to one another on the perfection of Micah’s driving. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020 The man in the shirtsleeves was prepared to shadowbox to the death. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2019 Back in Iowa, Castro’s still shivering in his shirtsleeves. Lissandra Villa/cedar Falls, Time, 31 Oct. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, 21 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective They are often described in colorful, shirtsleeve terms: For most anglers a hand-size bluegill (6 to 9 inches, roughly, depending the size of one’s had) would be a keeper fish. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of shirtsleeve

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of shirtsleeve was in 1530

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“Shirtsleeve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shirtsleeve. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for shirtsleeve

shirtsleeve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shirtsleeve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the sleeve of a shirt

shirtsleeve

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shirtsleeve (Entry 2 of 2)

: not wearing a coat or jacket
: warm enough so that you do not need a coat or jacket
: informal and direct

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