- not buttoned.
- Informal. free, open, or informal; unrestrained: unbuttoned humor.
Origin of unbuttoned
- 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.
- to unfasten a button or one's buttons.
Origin of unbutton
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Examples from the Web for unbuttoned
Biden, after all, is known for his unbuttoned comments from the podium.Joe Biden: ‘I’ll Kill Your Son’
December 12, 2014
Malcolm Perry unbuttoned his dark blue glen-plaid jacket and threw it onto the floor.Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns
November 22, 2013
Her book Mad Men: Unbuttoned has been released by Harper's studio.The Rehab Show That Works
July 21, 2010
Her book Mad Men: Unbuttoned will be released by Harper's studio in 2010.Catching Up With the Hipster Grifter
November 11, 2009
She unbuttoned the mackintosh and spread it on the bar of the plough and sat down.The Incomplete Amorist
The men had unbuttoned their waistcoats, the ladies were wiping their faces with their napkins.L'Assommoir
Thorpe unbuttoned his overcoat, laid aside his hat, and seated himself.The Market-Place
A drab sack-coat of alpaca hung, unbuttoned, down to his knees.Lord Jim
His shirt was unbuttoned, and, by the candle-light, I saw the hollow of his throat.Tales of Unrest
- with buttons not fastened
- informal uninhibited; unrestrainedhours of unbuttoned self-revelation
- to undo by unfastening (the buttons) of (a garment)
- informal to release or relax (oneself, tension, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbuttoned
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