Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove the clothing of; disrobe.
  • transitive v. To remove the bandages from (a wound, for example).
  • intransitive v. To take off one's clothing.
  • n. Informal attire or uniform.
  • n. Nakedness or partial nakedness.
  • n. Partial but incomplete dress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of having little or no clothes on

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loose, negligent dress; ordinary dress, as distinguished from full dress.
  • n. An authorized habitual dress of officers and soldiers, but not full-dress uniform.
  • transitive v. To divest of clothes; to strip.
  • transitive v. To divest of ornaments to disrobe.
  • transitive v. To take the dressing, or covering, from.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ordinary dress, as opposed to full dress or uniform, regarded as “dress” in a special sense; a loose negligent dress.
  • Pertaining to ordinary attire; hence, informal; unostentatious; simple: as, an undress uniform.
  • To take off the clothes of; strip: as, to undress a child.
  • To divest of ornaments or elegant attire; disrobe. To take the dressing, bandages, or covering from, as a wound.
  • To take off one's dress or clothes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. get undressed
  • v. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
  • n. partial or complete nakedness

Etymologies

From un- +‎ dress. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Round the corner of an old building pour forth a company of soldiers in "undress" — very "undress" — costume, looking like a troop of navvies, though one-half may be men of fortune and position, who at home command their hundred servants and their carriages and horses, but here willingly, eagerly, shoulder their axe, and sally forth at dawn of day to throw up breastworks and erect batteries.

    Yorktown, Virginia

  • He was dressed in what might have been termed undress, and was most vigorous in his condemnation of foreigners.

    Across China on Foot

  • Then Jack and Ruddy began to undress, that is, they took off everything but their pants.

    Mitch Miller

  • The mayor, in undress, that is to say in garments of every day, having surveyed these preparations, returned to his _estaminet_, the Plat d'Or, and there folded his newspapers as usual for the day's distribution.

    In the Heart of the Vosges And Other Sketches by a "Devious Traveller"

  • At the Tuileries Napoleon put on what was called the undress attire; this he was to wear on his way from the palace to the Archbishop's.

    The Court of the Empress Josephine

  • You can get lots of interesting special effect shots of Mike the Martian killing innocent policemen with his mind-powers, or shots of curvaceous starlets in a various states of undress which is basically all the book has in it.

    MIND MELD: Stories Hollywood Should Film

  • I never imagined him in any kind of undress during the whole exchange.

    Avec-culottes

  • I have seen several paintings of women in what is described as "undress" which could mean house dress or could mean boudoir.

    Archive 2004-06-01

  • Also he was informed that the mask he wore was, as he had guessed, a kind of undress uniform without which he must never appear, since for anyone except the Asika herself to look upon the naked countenance of an individual so mysteriously mixed up with Little

    A Yellow God: an Idol of Africa

  • Full uniform had not been worn at the post for any duty since the command left for the front; guard-mounting was in "undress," as only half a dozen men were put on duty each day, and the military reader can readily understand the sensation in the group as the white plumes of the young adjutant were seen.

    Marion's Faith.

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  • The Taming of the Shrew, Induction, Scene 2:
    "undress you, and come now to bed."

    September 2, 2009