un·​but·​ton ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊn How to pronounce unbutton (audio)
unbuttoned; unbuttoning; unbuttons

transitive verb

: to loose the buttons of
: to open by or as if by loosing buttons

intransitive verb

: to undo buttons

Examples of unbutton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tisdale bared her belly in the pictures, unbuttoning her white dress shirt under her chest to reveal her baby bump. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 This comfy-as-can-be oversized button-down is the perfect layer — button it for chillier mornings, unbutton it throughout the day for some air, and use it as a cover-up at the beach; the sky is the limit. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 The woman had pushed aside her scarf and unbuttoned her coat so that my mother could place her hand, palm down, directly onto her dress. Sanaë Lemoine, Harper's Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Probst remembers the cocky applicant showing up for his Zoom interview with his shirt unbuttoned down to his belly button. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 18 Sep. 2023 The bowtie came off first, and then White unbuttoned the top of his shirt. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 Lucas, her expression registering rage and despair, unbuttoned her cuffs, removed her tie, unbuttoned her shirt with rising agitation – spat her words, tossed her shirt to the ground, extended her arms wide. Panchalay Chalermkraivuth, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 In the stairwell, Delancey alleges, Wells again grabbed his genitals and tried to unbutton his jeans. Variety, NBC News, 5 Dec. 2023 Kate unbuttoned her jeans and kicked them down her legs. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbutton was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Unbutton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbutton. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​but·​ton ˌən-ˈbət-ᵊn How to pronounce unbutton (audio)
: to unfasten the buttons of (as a garment)

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