or shirt·sleeve, shirt-sleeved, shirt-sleeves

[ shurt-sleev ]
/ ˈʃɜrtˌsliv /


not wearing a jacket; informally dressed: a shirt-sleeve mob.
warm enough to live or work in without wearing a jacket or coat: shirt-sleeve weather in November.
simple, plain, and informal; direct and straightforward in approach, manner, etc.: shirt-sleeve diplomacy.

Origin of shirt-sleeve

First recorded in 1560–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for shirt-sleeves



1560s, from shirt (n.) + sleeve (n.). Usually with the notion of "without a coat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper