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 EnglishRelated formssem·i·un·dressed, adjective
word dating back to 1400–50;
see origin at un-1
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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for undressed
Contemporary Examples of undressed
They are an undressed salad compared to a Pacific wild salmon.
“A transgender friend, a mob attacked her and undressed her in public,” Byarugaba said.
Three and half days after his birth/death, I undressed my son, changed his nappy, bathed him, and dressed him in an outfit.
Historical Examples of undressed
He had not undressed, and he sat beside the table, smoking his pipe and reading his newspaper.
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.
In spite of her passion for fresh air, Jan shivered herself as she undressed.
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
to take off clothes from (oneself or another)
(tr) to strip of ornamentation
(tr) to remove the dressing from (a wound)
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper