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shirtsleeve

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noun shirt·sleeve \-ˌslēv\

Definition of shirtsleeve

  1. :  the sleeve of a shirt

in one's shirtsleeves

or

in shirtsleeves

  1. :  wearing a shirt but no coat

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First Known Use of shirtsleeve

circa 1566


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shirtsleeve

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adjective shirt·sleeve \-ˌslēvz\
variants: or less commonly

shirtsleeves

or

shirtsleeved

play \-ˌslēvd\

Definition of shirtsleeve

  1. 1a :  being without a coat a shirtsleeve spectatorb :  calling for the removal of coats for the sake of comfort or efficiency shirtsleeve weather

  2. 2 :  marked by informality and directness shirtsleeve diplomacy

First Known Use of shirtsleeve

1842




SHIRTSLEEVE Defined for English Language Learners

shirtsleeve

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noun

Definition of shirtsleeve for English Language Learners

  • : the sleeve of a shirt

shirtsleeve

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adjective

Definition of shirtsleeve for English Language Learners

  • : 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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