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Definition of the noun undress

What does undress mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: undresses

  1. partial or complete nakedness
    • example: a state of undress
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: nakedness / nudeness / nudity = the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind

Alternative definition of the noun undress


  1. the state of having little or no clothes on

Definition of the verb undress

What does undress mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: undressed | undressing | undresses

  1. get undressed
    • examples: please don't undress in front of everybody! | They undress | They undress themselves
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Marlene dressed
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Celia brushed her hair | Celia brushed the baby's hair | Marlene dressed the baby | Sheila groomed the horse | The hygienist flossed my teeth
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, reflexive]Marlene dressed herself

      Verbs of Grooming and Bodily Care (with the same syntax): bathe, change, clothe, disrobe, dress, exercise, moisturize, preen, primp, shave, shower, strip, sunbathe, tan, wash.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of undress: discase / disrobe / peel / strip / strip down / uncase / unclothe
    • antonyms of undress: dress; dress
    • more generic term: take off = take away or remove
    • more specific term: take off = remove clothes
  2. remove (someone's or one's own) clothes
    • examples: The nurse quickly undressed the accident victim | They want to undress the prisoners
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of undress: disinvest / divest / strip
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Alternative definition of the verb undress


  1. [reflexive] To remove one's clothing. [definition from 16th c.]
  2. [intransitive] To remove one’s clothing. [definition from 17th c.]
  3. [transitive] To remove the clothing of (someone). [definition from 17th c.]
  4. [transitive, figuratively] To strip of something. [definition from 17th c.]


  1. "Undress" is the 2014 studio album by Californian singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, that features duets and acoustic re-workings of previously released material. Guest include Guy Garvey, Sam Beam, Willy Mason and Erika Wennerstrom. It was released in February 2014 under Last Laugh Records and financed through crowd funding. Digital editions contained the bonus track 'City Bird'.
  2. "Undress" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Undress

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Google previewFulfilling Heart and Soul (2006)

Meeting Psychological and Spiritual Needs With Conscience by N. S. Xavier

The book, Sex In America: A Definitive Survey, reports that watching partners undress is the sexual practice that is most appealing next to vaginal intercourse. This was more so in younger people, especially males, than older individuals.

Google previewComparative Religious Ethics (2013)

Everyday Decisions for Our Everyday Lives by Christine E. Gudorf

But a second cause for the growing casualness and undress is that the women's movement has brought about a widespread rejection of the assumption that women's dress and behavior should be limited in order ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Men's Wear ... with an Appendix Containing Sundry Useful Tables (1908)

The Uniforms of "ancient and Honorable" Independent Military Companies of the U. S.; Charts of Correct Dress, Livery, and So Forth by William Henry Baker

groom's livery boots and breeches Dress; trousers Dress; trousers Dress or undress Dress; boots and breeches Dress; boots and breeches Dress; trousers Dress; boots and breeches Dress; boots and breeches Dress; boots and breeches ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language: an Anthology (2006)

an Anthology by Samuel Johnson

Undress you, and come now to bed. SHAKESPEARE.

Google previewA Naval Encyclopaedia: Comprising a Dictionary of Nautical Words and Phrases (1884)

Biographical Notices, and Records of Naval Officers; Special Articles on Naval Art and Science

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Usage statistics about undress

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb undress:


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Undress in Baby Sign Language, ASL

Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Undress. Learn how to teach your baby to sign Undress {on the go} with ASL {without flashcards}. Post a video of ...

Quotes about Undress

The river undress
Qualified and with sea
The mountain undress
Qualified and touch sky.
About me face shy
With so many dress
No road no direction
To see and go by. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of U1N1D2R1E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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