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 shirtsleeved (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

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 But last weekend, dressed in shirtsleeves and rubber waders, the freshman Democratic congressman from Turlock tried to buck that image. Los Angeles Times, "Swamp rats have invaded California. A Central Valley Democrat is declaring war," 7 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 52 degrees Fahrenheit — warm enough for shirtsleeves. Seth Borenstein, Los Angeles Times, "Greenland’s glaciers are melting. It’s as if Earth’s refrigerator door were left open," 20 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, Anchorage Daily News, "Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland," 20 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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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)

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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