underdress

[ verb uhn-der-dres; noun uhn-der-dres ]
/ verb ˌʌn dərˈdrɛs; noun ˈʌn dərˌdrɛs /
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verb (used without object), un·der·dressed or un·der·drest, un·der·dress·ing.

to clothe oneself less completely or formally than is usual or fitting for the circumstances.

noun

garments worn beneath others; underclothes.
a slip, petticoat, or other underskirt, especially one designed to be seen when worn, as beneath a redingote.

Nearby words

  1. underdraft,
  2. underdrain,
  3. underdrainage,
  4. underdraw,
  5. underdrawers,
  6. underdressed,
  7. underdrive,
  8. undereducate,
  9. underemphasis,
  10. underemphasize

Origin of underdress

First recorded in 1775–85; under- + dress

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British Dictionary definitions for underdressed

underdressed

/ (ˌʌndəˈdrɛst) /

adjective

wearing clothes that are not elaborate or formal enough for a particular occasion
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Word Origin and History for underdressed

underdressed

adj.

also under-dressed, "too plainly dressed," 1759, from under (adv.) + past participle of dress (v.).

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