unbutton

[ uhn-buht-n ]
/ ʌnˈbʌt n /

verb (used with object)

to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo.
to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning: to unbutton a jacket.
to disclose (one's feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence.

verb (used without object)

to unfasten a button or one's buttons.

QUIZZES

Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Words nearby unbutton

Origin of unbutton

First recorded in 1275–1325, unbutton is from the Middle English word unbotenen. See un-2, button
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for unbutton

British Dictionary definitions for unbutton

unbutton
/ (ʌnˈbʌtən) /

verb

to undo by unfastening (the buttons) of (a garment)
informal to release or relax (oneself, tension, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012