Definition of shirtsleeve in English:



usually shirtsleeves
  • The sleeve of a shirt:

    ‘he rolled up his shirtsleeves’
    • ‘He removed his cuff links and placed them on the table next to the decanter and folded back the cuffs of his shirtsleeves before picking up his whisky glass once more.’
    • ‘He's visibly agitated, gesturing with passion, darting looks out the window, and adjusting his monogrammed shirtsleeves as he searches for his words.’
    • ‘If long-sleeved shirts are worn, the sleeves of the jacket should cover the shirtsleeves.’
    • ‘Thus, a miller in apron and shirtsleeves would not be confused with a magistrate in frock coat, knee breeches, and silk stockings.’
    • ‘Jude entered the room, rolling his shirtsleeves up to his elbows as he always did, ‘What's that, you say?’’
    • ‘‘I'm sorry, I'm such a disgrace,’ Sam sobbed into her brother and her hands clung to his shirtsleeves.’
    • ‘Her hands are all red now, and her shirtsleeves too.’
    • ‘His blue shirtsleeves were rolled up to his elbows and his bandanna was jaunty about his neck.’
    • ‘Jamie rolled up his shirtsleeves to his elbows and gave a small sigh, rubbing his head again.’
    • ‘Ben took off his coat so that he could sit at table in white shirtsleeves, waistcoat and silk string tie.’
    • ‘Become part of the team, roll up the shirtsleeves, and be prepared to get dirt on your hands.’
    • ‘He pockets his cuff links, then briskly, with a snapping sound, rolls his shirtsleeves to his elbows.’
    • ‘All the photographs show him in an apron and shirtsleeves, surrounded by his paintings, with the television (a black-and-white set) and the radio both on at the same time.’
    • ‘The edge of his gauntlets show beneath the edge of his shirtsleeves, flashing as he walks in time with the bracers that cling to his shins and over his feet.’
    • ‘He looked exhausted and frantic, his shirtsleeves rolled up to his elbows and little beads of sweat on his forehead.’
    • ‘Flapping his hands out of the capacious shirtsleeves, he brought them to his mouth, paused another instant, and then piped out: ‘Release!’’
    • ‘These men with weather beaten faces and broad shoulders went about their business quietly, their shirtsleeves rolled up over their muscular forearms.’
    • ‘For prices ranging from five dollars to 50, young women lift skin-tight tops and men roll up their shirtsleeves to get their bodies inked with temporary tattoos, which last several weeks.’
    • ‘Still, there is nothing like old fashioned grassroots support, the kind that makes you roll-up-your shirtsleeves and get your hands dirty.’