wearing few or no clothes.
wearing informal clothing or clothing not meant to be worn in public.
not dressed; not specially prepared: undressed poultry; an undressed salad.
(of leather) having a napped finish on the flesh side.

Origin of undressed

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at un-1, dress, -ed2
Related formssem·i·un·dressed, adjective



verb (used with object), un·dressed or un·drest, un·dress·ing.

to take the clothes off (a person); disrobe.
to remove the dressing from (a wound, sore, etc.).
to strip or divest of or as if of a covering; expose: to undress a pretense.

verb (used without object), un·dressed or un·drest, un·dress·ing.

to take off one's clothes.


dress of a style designed to be worn on other than highly formal or ceremonial occasions; informal dress as opposed to full dress.
dress of a style not designed to be worn in public; dishabille; negligee: She couldn't receive guests in such a state of undress.
the condition of being unclothed; nakedness.


of or relating to clothing of a style less formal than full dress: undress uniform.
characterized by informality of dress, manners, or the like: an undress dinner party.

Origin of undress

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + dress
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Related Words for undressed

naked, nude, deshabille, dishabille

Examples from the Web for undressed

Contemporary Examples of undressed

Historical Examples of undressed

  • He had not undressed, and he sat beside the table, smoking his pipe and reading his newspaper.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • They undressed again, and Dan put his gun away in his bureau.

  • He undressed, took his sword in his hand, and thus dived into the water.

  • I read and smoked for a little, then undressed and went to bed.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • In spite of her passion for fresh air, Jan shivered herself as she undressed.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

British Dictionary definitions for undressed



partially or completely naked
(of an animal hide) not fully processed
(of food, esp salad) not prepared with sauce or dressing


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


characterized by or requiring informal or normal working dress or uniform
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Word Origin and History for undressed



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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