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[kawr-sit] /ˈkɔr sɪt/
Sometimes, corsets. a close-fitting undergarment, stiffened with whalebone or similar material and often capable of being tightened by lacing, enclosing the trunk: worn, especially by women, to shape and support the body; stays.
verb (used with object)
to dress or furnish with or as if with a corset.
to regulate strictly; constrict.
Origin of corset
1225-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to cors bodice, body + -et -et
Related forms
corsetless, adjective
uncorseted, adjective
well-corseted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uncorseted
Historical Examples
  • You sometimes catch glimpses of busy women, fat and uncorseted.

  • It usually fastens behind, and the uncorseted figure is outlined.

    Woman as Decoration Emily Burbank
  • They were heavy old women, in worn flapping slippers and uncorseted figures.

  • uncorseted woman is unhappy woman, and the girl of whom the versatile journalist writes died long ago.

    The Spinster Book Myrtle Reed
  • uncorseted though I knew she must be, the lines of her figure conformed to the demands of physical beauty.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The uncorseted figure is the popular one today but if corsets must be worn they should be most carefully selected.

  • A subtle charm came from her streaming65 hair and her uncorseted and graceful figure.

    The Moccasin Ranch Hamlin Garland
  • Her thick-set body was uncorseted, and her indeterminate features were lost in the width and flatness of her face.

    Mrs. Balfame Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Like that defunct noodle, her mother, she lived solely for clothes and poetry and the admiration of the uncorseted sex.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • Would the iceman or the janitor hesitate to “talk back” to the uncorseted lady in a pink dressing-sack?

British Dictionary definitions for uncorseted


  1. a stiffened, elasticated, or laced foundation garment, worn esp by women, that usually extends from below the chest to the hips, providing support for the spine and stomach and shaping the figure
  2. a similar garment worn because of injury, weakness, etc, by either sex
(informal) a restriction or limitation, esp government control of bank lending
a stiffened outer bodice worn by either sex, esp in the 16th century
(transitive) to dress or enclose in, or as in, a corset
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: a little bodice; see corselet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uncorseted



c.1300, "kind of laced bodice," from Old French corset (13c.) "bodice, tunic," diminutive of cors "body" (see corps). Meaning "stiff supporting and constricting undergarment" is from 1795.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for uncorseted



A bulletproof vest; flak jacket (1920s+ Police & underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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