[ verb uhn-der-dres; noun uhn-der-dres ]
/ verb ˌʌn dərˈdrɛs; noun ˈʌn dərˌdrɛs /

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.


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

Origin of underdress

First recorded in 1775–85; under- + dress
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British Dictionary definitions for underdressed

/ (ˌʌndəˈdrɛst) /


wearing clothes that are not elaborate or formal enough for a particular occasion
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