- in one's shirt sleeves, without a coat: It was so hot that they worked in their shirt sleeves.Also in one's shirt-sleeves.
- keep one's shirt on, Informal. to refrain from becoming angry or impatient; remain calm: Tell him to keep his shirt on until we're ready.
- lose one's shirt, Informal. to lose all that one possesses; suffer a severe financial reverse: He lost his shirt in the stock market.
Origin of shirt
Examples from the Web for shirtless
Shirtless bros with pillowy lips and cargo pants pulled down to expose tufts of pubic hair.Abercrombie & Ditch: The Fall of the House of Tween
December 10, 2014
All the shirtless photos hunting tigers and harpooning whales are love letters to the endless queues of fatherless girls.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Following in those shrewd, shirtless footsteps, perhaps one day Jonas will be peed on by Nicole Kidman, too.Nick Jonas Is All Grown Up, Clutching His Penis and Everything
October 8, 2014
“Two shirtless dudes standing around for a while starts to look a little weird,” Dre told him.Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
October 3, 2014
None of the shirtless surfers waiting in line had any medical records with them either.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
Her cousin was worse than a Chueta; he was a shirtless beggar.The Dead Command
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Hubert noted the worn frock-coats, and the miserable arms coming out of shirtless sleeves.Vain Fortune
As for my Ventura, all I have is his, since Marcela wishes to take the veil, and you may be sure that he is not shirtless.
They are the happiest who have the least; and the fable of the stricken king and the shirtless beggar contains the germ of truth.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14
He saw Bryant, shirtless, sitting on the edge of the bed, rubbing his eyes sleepily.The Lone Ranger Rides
- a garment worn on the upper part of the body, esp by men, usually of light material and typically having a collar and sleeves and buttoning up the front
- short for nightshirt, undershirt
- keep your shirt on informal refrain from losing your temper (often used as an exhortation to another)
- put one's shirt on informal to bet all one has on (a horse, etc)
- lose one's shirt on informal to lose all one has on (a horse, etc)
Word Origin and History for shirtless
Old English scyrte "skirt, tunic," from Proto-Germanic *skurtjon "a short garment" (cf. Old Norse skyrta, Swedish skjorta "skirt, kirtle;" Middle Dutch scorte, Dutch schort "apron;" Middle High German schurz, German Schurz "apron"), related to Old English scort, sceort "short," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
Formerly of the chief garment worn by both sexes, but in modern use long only of that for men; in reference to women's tops, reintroduced 1896. Bloody shirt, exposed as a symbol of outrage, is attested from 1580s. To give (someone) the shirt off one's back is from 1771. To lose one's shirt "suffer total financial loss" is from 1935. To keep one's shirt on "be patient" (1904) is from the notion of (not) stripping down for a fight.