[ uhn-buht-nd ]
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  1. not buttoned.

  2. Informal. free, open, or informal; unrestrained: unbuttoned humor.

Origin of unbuttoned

First recorded in1575–85; un-1 + buttoned

Words Nearby unbuttoned

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How to use unbuttoned in a sentence

  • His cheap unbuttoned raglan-style coat fluttered in the wind off the Hudson.

  • He then unbuttoned his uniform, drew out a bag hung round his neck by a steel chain, and offered it to the Captain.

    The Border Rifles | Gustave Aimard
  • Parks unbuttoned his collar and rubbed his stubbled chin unhappily.

    Circus | Alan Edward Nourse
  • Reason has flown shrieking from the scene; Caution slumbers by the wayside with unbuttoned pocket.

  • He unbuttoned his coat, and drew out his pocket-book, and from it a little snapshot photograph, which he handed to Nancy.

    The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres

British Dictionary definitions for unbuttoned


/ (ʌnˈbʌtənd) /

  1. with buttons not fastened

  2. informal uninhibited; unrestrained: hours of unbuttoned self-revelation

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