un·​but·​toned | \ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊnd \

Definition of unbuttoned 

1a : not buttoned

b : not provided with buttons

2 : not under constraint : free and unrestricted in action and expression the musicians' unbuttoned energy

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Buy Now Brooks Brothers plaid summer twill sport shirt Tucked in under a blazer or left unbuttoned by the pool, this shirt’ll adapt to whatever Independence Day brings your way. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "17 Fourth of July Menswear Buys That’ll Outshine the Fireworks," 3 July 2018 Just visible under a much-unbuttoned cornflower-blue blouse is a lace brassiere that, in context, reads more like medieval armature than an erotic statement. Phoebe Eaton, Harper's BAZAAR, "L'Wren Scott Rocks," 23 Mar. 2011 The Duke traded in his smart navy blue trousers and jacket for a more laid back outfit with dark pants, a lighter blazer, and an unbuttoned white shirt. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Braves Athletic Field in Heels at Ireland's Croke Park," 11 July 2018 The other roses go to: Garrett, Jason, Wills, Lincoln, Leo, and Connor (related: why is his shirt so deeply unbuttoned?). Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 5 Recap: These Guys Are All the Worst," 25 June 2018 The South African wore unbuttoned, ripped denim jeans, and a white crocheted bra top, showing off her bump. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Candice Swanepoel Welcomes Her Second Child," 19 June 2018 Left casually unbuttoned, her trompe l’oeil shirt was stacked with the same throw-on-and-go appeal that was woven into her sneakers. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid ’90s-Inspired Rave Sneakers Are Surprisingly Affordable," 31 May 2018 At issue: That unforgettable moment where Goldblum's mathematician character Dr. Ian Malcolm took a sultry breather after a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack.with his shirt unbuttoned. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Watch: Jeff Goldblum lampooned for that infamous 'Jurassic Park' shirtless scene," 25 May 2018 Prince Harry appeared relaxed, in a light gray blazer and shirt unbuttoned at the collar. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Royal wedding: Princes Harry and William greet fans on eve of ceremony," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of unbuttoned

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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