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

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, 1 Feb. 2020 Nevertheless, the blend of overpriced cocktails and underdressed waitresses proved to be a winning formula. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, The Atlantic, 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, 5 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underdress was circa 1784

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“Underdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underdress. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​dress ˌən-dər-ˈdres How to pronounce underdress (audio)
: to dress more simply or informally than is appropriate for an occasion

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