Definitions

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  • adj. Not gartered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not held by garters, as the hose or stockings; not having or wearing garters.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ gartered

Examples

  • His hair might have appeared much more disorderly, had it not been thinned by time, and disposed chiefly around the sides of his countenance and the back part of his head; black stockings, ungartered, marked his professional dress, and his feet were thrust into the old slipshod shoes, which served him instead of slippers.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • "Your hose ... ungartered, your bonnet unbanded, your sleeve unbuttoned, your shoe untied, and everything about you demonstrating a careless desolation."

    the wrong family was put down

  • O, that you had mine eyes; or your own eyes had the lights they were wont to have when you chid at Sir Proteus for going ungartered!

    The Two Gentlemen of Verona

  • It was not that he went about with his stockings ungartered, or any of the old acknowledged signs of unrequited affection.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Then Kate of the Mill tumbled unfortunately over a tombstone, which catching hold of her ungartered stocking inverted the order of nature, and gave her heels the superiority to her head.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • I think I now see him lolling in an arm-chair, in a dirty powdering gown, soiled linen, ungartered stockings, and tangled hair, yawning and stretching himself.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

  • "Is his hose ungartered, his beard neglected, his shoe untied?" she thought.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 25, April, 1873

  • The insolent air of the harlot, the astonishment of the Jew, eagerly grasping at the falling table, the start of the black boy, the cautious trip of the ungartered and barefooted retreating gallant, and the sudden spring of the scalded monkey, are admirably expressed.

    The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings With Descriptions, and a Comment on Their Moral Tendency

  • "Yet," quoth my uncle, "I think Shakspeare represents a lover as falling into slovenly habits, neglecting his person, and suffering his hose to be ungartered, rather than paying that attention to his outer man which induces Signior Riccabocca to leave off his spectacles, and look as handsome as nature will permit him."

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • Then Kate of the Mill tumbled unfortunately over a tombstone, which catching hold of her ungartered stocking, inverted the order of nature, and gave her heels the superiority to her head.

    A History of English Prose Fiction

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