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[uhn-der-shurt] /ˈʌn dərˌʃɜrt/
a collarless, usually pullover undergarment for the torso, usually of cotton and either sleeveless and low-cut or with sleeves, worn chiefly by men and children.
Origin of undershirt
1640-50; under- + shirt Unabridged
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  • The boy slipped off part of his clothes, standing up in undershirt and trousers.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Spots of blood were also noticed on the right sleeve of the prisoner's undershirt.

  • Claire had worn his coat continuously from the first night, and his undershirt was tearing from contact with bush and tree.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • He had removed his coat and blouse and was down to his undershirt.

  • "Never know he only had on an undershirt," thought Bean, struck by this swiftly devised effect of correct dressing.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • Macnooder then claimed that the undershirt was manifestly sewed to the coat.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • Dankmere, in his trousers and undershirt, stretched on the divan, laughed and blew a cloud of smoke at the ceiling.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • Scribner, stripped to undershirt and trousers, was standing over his men.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
  • He peeled down to his undershirt with short sleeves, and I saw in his muscles one reason why he was never tired.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for undershirt


(mainly US & Canadian) an undergarment worn under a blouse or shirt Brit name vest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undershirt

1640s, from under (adj.) + shirt (n.). Cf. North Frisian onnersjürt, Danish underskjorte.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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