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1. Not buttoned.
2. Free and unrestrained in expression: unbuttoned humor.


1. with buttons not fastened
2. informal uninhibited; unrestrained: hours of unbuttoned self-revelation.


(ʌnˈbʌt nd)

1. not buttoned.
2. free, open, or informal; unrestrained: unbuttoned humor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unbuttoned - not buttonedunbuttoned - not buttoned; "the wind picked up the hem of her unbuttoned coat"
buttoned, fastened - furnished or closed with buttons or something buttonlike
2.unbuttoned - not under constraint in action or expressionunbuttoned - not under constraint in action or expression; "this unbuttoned and disrespectful age"- Curtis Bok; "unlaced behavior in the neighborhood pub"
unrestrained - not subject to restraint; "unrestrained laughter"
References in classic literature ?
He unbuttoned her habit, loosened her collar, felt her hands and wrist, then started up and looked wildly round him for help.
This doublet hung unbuttoned over a close dress of scarlet which sate tight to his body; he had breeches of the same, but they did not reach below the lower part of the thigh, leaving the knee exposed.
Whereupon I first unbuttoned my coat, and pulled it off.
Under the railway bridge I found a group of soldiers--sappers, I think, men in small round caps, dirty red jackets unbuttoned, and showing their blue shirts, dark trousers, and boots coming to the calf.
The wet snow was falling in big flakes; I unbuttoned myself, regardless of it.
Villefort violently unbuttoned his great-coat, which seemed to strangle him, and passing his livid hand across his forehead, entered his study.
Porthos unbuttoned his sleeve, raised his shirt and looked complacently on his strong arm, as large as the leg of any ordinary man.
A Mexican dragoon, for instance, is represented as arrayed in a round blue jacket, with red cuffs and collar; blue velvet breeches, unbuttoned at the knees to show his white stockings; bottinas of deer skin; a round-crowned Andalusian hat, and his hair cued.
Arthur put his hand up to his waistcoat buttons, and when Adam had unbuttoned it, he took a longer breath.
Yet the very fact that I was full of a strong desire to win caused this gambling for gain, in spite of its attendant squalor, to contain, if you will, something intimate, something sympathetic, to my eyes: for it is always pleasant to see men dispensing with ceremony, and acting naturally, and in an unbuttoned mood.
Blunt had unbuttoned his shabby jacket, exposing a lot of starched shirt-front with the white tie under his dark shaved chin.
I suppose it is that when we are happy the mind reverts instinctively to those with whom formerly we shared our exaltations and depressions, and je t'eu ai trop dit, dans le bon temps, mon gros Prosper, and you always listened to me too imperturbably, with your pipe in your mouth, your waistcoat unbuttoned, for me not to feel that I can count upon your sympathy to-day.