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unbuttoned

[uhn-buht-nd] /ʌnˈbʌt nd/
adjective
1.
not buttoned.
2.
Informal. free, open, or informal; unrestrained:
unbuttoned humor.
Origin of unbuttoned
1575-1585
1575-85; unbutton + -ed2 or un-1 + buttoned

unbutton

[uhn-buht-n] /ʌnˈbʌt n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo.
2.
to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning:
to unbutton a jacket.
3.
to disclose (one's feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence.
verb (used without object)
4.
to unfasten a button or one's buttons.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English unbotenen. See un-2, button
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  • He rolled his gray shirtsleeves up to the elbow, and unbuttoned his waistcoat.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • She unbuttoned the mackintosh and spread it on the bar of the plough and sat down.

  • His coat was unbuttoned; his left hand was in his pocket, his arm holding back his coat a little on that side.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • The men had unbuttoned their waistcoats, the ladies were wiping their faces with their napkins.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Malcolm unbuttoned his reefer, and, after much tugging, pulled out a handsome little gold watch.

    Two Little Knights of Kentucky Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Thorpe unbuttoned his overcoat, laid aside his hat, and seated himself.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for unbuttoned

unbuttoned

/ʌnˈbʌtənd/
adjective
1.
with buttons not fastened
2.
(informal) uninhibited; unrestrained: hours of unbuttoned self-revelation

unbutton

/ʌnˈbʌtən/
verb
1.
to undo by unfastening (the buttons) of (a garment)
2.
(informal) to release or relax (oneself, tension, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbuttoned

unbutton

v.

early 14c., from un- (2) "opposite of" + button (v.). Related: Unbuttoned; unbuttoning.

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