[verb uhn-der-dres; noun uhn-der-dres]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for underdressed
If Williams had been in school, someone might have noticed that she was underdressed and emaciated.The Sinister Side of Homeschooling
September 20, 2013
There I sat as an underdressed, 31-year-old, naive imperialist in the making.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Teamster
John Kael Weston
March 17, 2013
The pancakes got there, realized they were underdressed, jumped into a vat of hot oil...and came out as funnel cake.What to Eat: Vietnamese Buffet
October 13, 2009
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
- wearing clothes that are not elaborate or formal enough for a particular occasion
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Word Origin and History for underdressed
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