Origin of undress

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + dress
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undress

verb (ʌnˈdrɛs)

to take off clothes from (oneself or another)
(tr) to strip of ornamentation
(tr) to remove the dressing from (a wound)

noun (ʌnˈdrɛs)

partial or complete nakedness
informal or normal working clothes or uniform

adjective

characterized by or requiring informal or normal working dress or uniform
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Word Origin and History for undress
v.

1590s, "to shed one's clothing," from un- (2) + dress (v.). Transferred sense of "to strip off (someone's) clothing" is recorded from 1610s. The noun meaning "state of partial or incomplete dress" is attested from 1680s. Undressed "naked (or nearly so)" is recorded from 1610s.

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