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

Examples of unbuttoned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man is seen wearing a dark, unbuttoned suit jacket and a collared, three-button short-sleeve shirt. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man fatally struck by SUV was forced into road during dispute, witness tells D.C. police," 4 Dec. 2019 Curreri wore torn jeans and a Western shirt, which was unbuttoned to the middle of his chest. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 14 Mar. 2020 Fred Harris’s feet were bound and his pants were unbuttoned. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, "A Father and Son, Brutally Murdered. 32 Years Later, an Arrest.," 10 Dec. 2019 This item reigns supreme for fall/winter, especially the style where the cardigan's buttons are half-unbuttoned and sit just an inch further apart than expected, teasing a peek of skin. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Wears Fall's Biggest Cardigan Trend," 17 Oct. 2019 The model sported an oversize chambray shirt with the sleeves left unbuttoned, a piece not unlike the wacky, ’90s-era garb of Will Smith during his Fresh Prince years. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Puts a Supermodel Spin on the Canadian Tuxedo," 29 Aug. 2019 Wear a boxy flannel shirt buttoned or unbuttoned with leggings and chunky sneakers; either way, flannel's sporty interpretation is a Gigi Hadid favorite. Glamour, "How to Wear a Flannel Shirt During Every Season," 27 Jan. 2020 Eli went back up to their room and threw on a long-sleeve striped shirt from the Salvation Army, leaving it unbuttoned over the camisole. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "For one non-binary teen, coming of age means getting their parents to embrace a new name," 20 Dec. 2019 The look these days is a hybrid between Miami Vice and New York night crawler, with silky shirts (often unbuttoned half way), baggy pants, and piled-on man jewelry. Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Is on Board With the Sleazy-Chic Trend," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unbuttoned

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 May 2020

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“Unbuttoned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbuttoned. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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