Definitions

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  • adj. Without a gown.

Etymologies

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gown +‎ -less

Examples

  • The row of human male eyes were still dazzled from eyeing my gownless back with the silver familiar forming a long supple diamond dividing line down my spine.

    Silver Zombie

  • In the case of some people, that pretty much meant clothing-as-jewelry-or, as Frank had once put it, "gownless evening straps."

    Chrome Circle

  • In the case of some people, that pretty much meant clothing-as-jewelry-or, as Frank had once put it, -gownless evening straps.

    The Chrome Borne

  • On we go; now visiting the railway station -- favourite hunting-ground of the Proctor -- now waiting while the theatre discharges its contents; for there the gownless student abounds and the Proctor's heart grows merry.

    The Argosy Vol. 51, No. 4, April, 1891

  • My almost gownless condition has been a cause of great worry to me, but Pogue has promised to fix up my wardrobe with a rush, and after the necessary time for that in Cincinnati, I will hurry on to Columbus

    Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888

  • My lord Bishop of Hereford was stuck up in the organ-loft and left, gownless and fuming.

    Robin Hood

  • The picture of those reportedly gownless backs had depressed him abominably.

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady A Romance

  • At eleven o'clock when Mr. Spurgeon, gownless and guiltless of white neck-tie, or other clerical insignia, unceremoniously walked on to the platform which serves him for pulpit, there was not a foot of vacant space in the vast area looked down upon from the galleries, for even the aisles were thronged.

    Faces and Places

  • There were present, too, some clerks, and a gown - and surplice-maker's assistant; two ladies who sported moral characters of various depths of shade, according to their company, nicknamed "Bower o 'Bliss" and "Freckles"; some horsey men "in the know" of betting circles; a travelling actor from the theatre, and two devil-may-care young men who proved to be gownless undergraduates; they had slipped in by stealth to meet a man about bull-pups, and stayed to drink and smoke short pipes with the racing gents aforesaid, looking at their watches every now and then.

    Jude the Obscure

  • There were present, too, some clerks, and a gown-and surplice-maker's assistant; two ladies who sported moral characters of various depths of shade, according to their company, nicknamed "Bower o 'Bliss" and "Freckles"; some horsey men "in the know" of betting circles; a travelling actor from the theatre, and two devil-may-care young men who proved to be gownless undergraduates; they had slipped in by stealth to meet a man about bull-pups, and stayed to drink and smoke short pipes with the racing gents aforesaid, looking at their watches every now and then.

    Jude the Obscure

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