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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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 Not to be outdone, Downtown personality Dara wore one the business casual way: unbuttoned and thrown on top of a yellow shirt. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 13 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Tracee Ellis Ross, Kali Uchis, and More," 13 Oct. 2018 This is not the first time Bella has championed such a look, just a month ago, she was seen wearing an unbuttoned yellow cardigan and high-waisted jeans while in Paris. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Wore an Unbuttoned Shirt Hanging Out With The Weeknd," 30 Oct. 2018 The model opted to go topless under the unbuttoned jacket, showing off her baby bump (and that pregnancy glow) on the red carpet. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Slick Woods Is Redefining Maternity Style at New York Fashion Week," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unbuttoned

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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