un·​but·​toned | \ ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊnd How to pronounce unbuttoned (audio) \

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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Anwar’s outfit, which complimented Dua’s perfectly, included a quilted green jacket, an unbuttoned shirt underneath, and simple black trousers. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Kiernan Shipka to Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish, These Are The Best Celebrity Looks You Missed This Weekend," 8 July 2019 His shirt was unbuttoned enough that a shark-tooth necklace was visible, nestled in the fur of his chest. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 In the first edition, he is shown bearded, casually dressed in an unbuttoned workingman’s shirt, one hand in his pocket, the other on his hip, wearing a black slouch hat. Elaine Showalter, The New York Review of Books, "Whitman, Melville, & Julia Ward Howe: A Tale of Three Bicentennials," 27 May 2019 In an unbuttoned age, people tend to sneer at ceremony, but don’t knock it. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 The 36-year-old actress stepped out in a knitted cropped cardigan, which was left unbuttoned to reveal a knitted crop top. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Wore an Aritzia Crop Top and BFF Meghan Markle Would Approve," 30 Aug. 2018 The black Henley shirt was strategically unbuttoned to reveal a chest full of bad-boy tattoos and a sizable gold medallion. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zayn Malik Takes a Page Out of Harry Styles’s Playbook," 13 Dec. 2018 Some faves from past seasons showed up this week—because apparently North Carolina is super easy to get to!—and more importantly, Jamie spent a full five minutes seductively sawing wood in a billowing unbuttoned blouse. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Biggest Reveals from Outlander Season 4 Episode 6," 10 Dec. 2018 Photo: Jimmy Vielkind/The Wall Street Journal Mr. McMurray is sprinting through this void, in Timberlands and unbuttoned collar, fueled by Diet Mountain Dew. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Under Indictment, Rep. Chris Collins Is Elusive on Campaign Trail," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of unbuttoned

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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