un·​der·​dress | \ ˌən-dər-ˈdres How to pronounce underdress (audio) \
underdressed; underdressing; underdresses

Definition of underdress

transitive + intransitive

: to dress in overly or inappropriately simple or informal clothing

Examples of underdress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frostbite and hypothermia are common winter occurrences, and the solution is not to underdress. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Knowing the country minimizes risk of 'adventure’ when snow and wind turn overnight dog run into a 5-day outing," 1 Feb. 2020 Nevertheless, the blend of overpriced cocktails and underdressed waitresses proved to be a winning formula. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "Down the Rabbit Hole: The Surprising Tale of the Bunny Suit," 4 Oct. 2017 There are times when these anecdotes—being underdressed at Buckingham Palace, getting caught in your underwear on Air Force One, getting a condolence call from the president after your cat dies—seem like small beer. Alex Shephard, New Republic, "Do You Miss Obama Yet?," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of underdress

circa 1784, in the meaning defined above

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“Underdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underdress. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of underdress

: to dress in clothes that are too informal or not warm enough for an occasion

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