View synonyms for buttoned-up


[ buht-nd-uhp ]


  1. conservative, as in professional style or manner:

    Employers are looking for buttoned-up types.

  2. carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.:

    It's one of the most buttoned-up companies in the business.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of buttoned-up1

First recorded in 1935–40

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Example Sentences

We ask our celebrities to pour their hearts out, and then chastise them if they stain our buttoned-up shirts.

But while Susli may have been professional with him, her interactions with others have not always been quite so buttoned up.

The guru guiding her mission to becoming a fully realized human: a buttoned up marketing expert named Henry—seriously, get it?

Unlike the buttoned-up Hu, he is sufficiently sure of himself to display a personal side in public.

Such an interesting social commentary— contrasting the hippie Jagger and the buttoned-up gangster.

Then it disappeared up the ladder, and we buttoned up a bit more and were dressed at last.

The pavements were drying in the fresh night wind and he had his overcoat buttoned up to the neck.

The streets were empty, as he walked rapidly to his lodgings, with buttoned-up overcoat, and hat drawn over his eyes.

Vindt buttoned up his coat, put his stick under his arm and held his hands behind his back.

In class and playground, I appeared buttoned up in my big cloak, bathed in perspiration, but happy in having hidden my shame.


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