ungartered, un-gr′tėrd, adj. not held in place by garters: not wearing garters.
But he did not intend to go "ungartered," nor yet to assume an air of "desolation."
His stockings were ungartered, and permitted between the knee and the calf interesting glances of the rude carnal.
And he looked even worse than an unwashed, uncombed little terrier, for he was always unbuttoned and ungartered besides.
early 14c., from Old North French gartier "band just above or below the knee" (Old French jartier, 14c., Modern French jarretière), from garet "bend of the knee," perhaps from Gaulish (cf. Welsh garr "leg"). Garter as the highest order of knighthood (mid-14c.), according to Froissart was established c.1344 by Edward III, though the usual story of how it came about is late (1614) and perhaps apocryphal. The verb is mid-15c., from the noun. Garter snake (U.S.) so called from resemblance to a ribbon. Garter belt first noticed 1913.