- (of a shirt collar) having buttonholes so it can be buttoned to the body of the shirt.
- (of a shirt) having a button-down collar.
- (of a shirt) having buttons down the front from the collar to the bottom.
- Also buttoned-down. (especially of attitudes, opinions, etc.) extremely conventional; unimaginative.
Origin of button-down
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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Related Words for buttondowntraditional, current, ordinary, regular, typical, straight, dated, bourgeois, conservative, clone, suit, orthodox, out-of-date, strait-laced, stuffy, button-down, boring, conformist, old-fashioned, unimaginative
- (of a collar) having points that are fastened to the garment with buttons
- (of a shirt) having a button-down collar
- Also: buttoned-down conventional or conservativea button-down corporate culture
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