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[verb uhn-der-dres; noun uhn-der-dres] /verb ˌʌn dərˈdrɛs; noun ˈʌn dərˌdrɛs/
verb (used without object), underdressed or underdrest, underdressing.
to clothe oneself less completely or formally than is usual or fitting for the circumstances.
garments worn beneath others; underclothes.
a slip, petticoat, or other underskirt, especially one designed to be seen when worn, as beneath a redingote.
Origin of underdress
First recorded in 1775-85; under- + dress Unabridged
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  • Was she, for instance, the underdressed one with the mole, or the rawboned giggler?

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan
  • Remember this: it is always better to be underdressed than to be overdressed.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • Furthermore, he had a painful consciousness of being conspicuous among the underdressed men.

    Skinner's Dress Suit

    Henry Irving Dodge
British Dictionary definitions for underdressed


wearing clothes that are not elaborate or formal enough for a particular occasion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for underdressed

also under-dressed, "too plainly dressed," 1759, from under (adv.) + past participle of dress (v.).

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