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 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, "“Redhead by the Side of the Road.”," 7 Apr. 2020 The man in the shirtsleeves was prepared to shadowbox to the death. Washington Post, "For the love of dignity and civility, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket," 13 Nov. 2019 Back in Iowa, Castro’s still shivering in his shirtsleeves. Lissandra Villa/cedar Falls, Time, "Julián Castro Probably Won't Win the Primary. But His Campaign Is Still Key.," 31 Oct. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 21 Aug. 2019 In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Seth Borenstein, The Denver Post, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 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, "Easy to find and fun to catch, bluegill are America’s fish," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of shirtsleeve

Noun

circa 1566, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of shirtsleeve was circa 1566

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“Shirtsleeve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shirtsleeve. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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shirtsleeve

noun
How to pronounce shirtsleeve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shirtsleeve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the sleeve of a shirt

shirtsleeve

adjective
How to pronounce shirtsleeve (audio)

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

US
: 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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