shirtsleeve

noun
shirt·​sleeve | \ˈshərt-ˌslēv \

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 \
variants: or less commonly shirtsleeves or shirtsleeved \ˈshərt-​ˌslēvd \

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

This summer, the humble shirtsleeve blew up—literally and figuratively speaking. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Pouf! Just Like That, the Balloon-Sleeved Sweater Is Back for Winter," 12 Nov. 2018 The idea was to envision what baseball uniforms would look like in 2027, which meant backward caps, untucked backs and, uh, no shirtsleeves? Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Both were in their shirtsleeves and completely drenched, holding silver pistols. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Vapes are meme-ready, funny in a way that cigarettes never were: the black-and-white photograph of James Dean smoking in shirtsleeves has been replaced with paparazzi snaps of Ben Affleck ripping an e-cig in his car. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Juuling and Scrolling the Days Away," 9 May 2018 Vapes are meme-ready, funny in a way that cigarettes never were: the black-and-white photograph of James Dean smoking in shirtsleeves has been replaced with paparazzi snaps of Ben Affleck ripping an e-cig in his car. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Juuling and Scrolling the Days Away," 9 May 2018 The first image that many Cubans saw of the accident was a photo of Mr. Diaz-Canel, grim-faced and striding through the wreckage in shirtsleeves. Andrea Rodriguez And Michael Weissenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "Diaz-Canel crafts new public persona as Cuban president," 23 May 2018 The first image that many Cubans saw of the accident was a photo of a grim-faced Diaz-Canel striding through the wreckage in shirtsleeves. Washington Post, "Cuba’s new leader breaks from past with public appearances," 22 May 2018 Vapes are meme-ready, funny in a way that cigarettes never were: the black-and-white photograph of James Dean smoking in shirtsleeves has been replaced with paparazzi snaps of Ben Affleck ripping an e-cig in his car. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Juuling and Scrolling the Days Away," 9 May 2018

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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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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