unbuttoned

adjective

un·​but·​toned ˌən-ˈbə-tᵊnd How to pronounce unbuttoned (audio)
1
a
: 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 Gosling chose to wear the shirt unbuttoned at the top, opting to go without a tie, let alone a classic bow-tie. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 Paris posed for photos at the event, wearing an unbuttoned cheetah print overcoat. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Likewise, Lowe’s band sounded convincingly shaggy and unbuttoned, lending the impression of clambering behind the show’s procession like a second line. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Between the unbuttoned Tibi vest, latex garters, and beaded Monôt halter that betray a hint of nipple, the actor has been taken a big swings with her fashion. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2024 Lenny — who shares Zoë with ex-wife Lisa Bonet — was, in fact, wearing an unbuttoned satin shirt at the time. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024 In traditional times, wearing an unbuttoned shirt with a tuxedo would be considered bold. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The prosecutor—the main villain—wore a suit and kept his jacket buttoned, while the hero, Mark Godsey, kept his jacket unbuttoned. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 The man of the night finally emerged wearing a dark blue suit, a shirt of the same tone unbuttoned at the top of his chest and a giddy smile. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of unbuttoned was in 1583

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“Unbuttoned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbuttoned. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

unbuttoned

adjective
un·​but·​toned ˌən-ˈbət-ᵊnd How to pronounce unbuttoned (audio)
1
a
: not buttoned
b
: not provided with buttons
2
: free and unrestricted in action or expression
the musician's unbuttoned energy

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