Definition of shirtsleeve in English:

shirtsleeve

noun

usually shirtsleeves
  • The sleeve of a shirt.

    ‘he rolled up his shirtsleeves’
    • ‘Jamie rolled up his shirtsleeves to his elbows and gave a small sigh, rubbing his head again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I'm sorry, I'm such a disgrace,’ Sam sobbed into her brother and her hands clung to his shirtsleeves.’
    • ‘Flapping his hands out of the capacious shirtsleeves, he brought them to his mouth, paused another instant, and then piped out: ‘Release!’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These men with weather beaten faces and broad shoulders went about their business quietly, their shirtsleeves rolled up over their muscular forearms.’
    • ‘His blue shirtsleeves were rolled up to his elbows and his bandanna was jaunty about his neck.’
    • ‘He pockets his cuff links, then briskly, with a snapping sound, rolls his shirtsleeves to his elbows.’
    • ‘Thus, a miller in apron and shirtsleeves would not be confused with a magistrate in frock coat, knee breeches, and silk stockings.’
    • ‘Still, there is nothing like old fashioned grassroots support, the kind that makes you roll-up-your shirtsleeves and get your hands dirty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ben took off his coat so that he could sit at table in white shirtsleeves, waistcoat and silk string tie.’
    • ‘Her hands are all red now, and her shirtsleeves too.’
    • ‘If long-sleeved shirts are worn, the sleeves of the jacket should cover the shirtsleeves.’
    • ‘He looked exhausted and frantic, his shirtsleeves rolled up to his elbows and little beads of sweat on his forehead.’
    • ‘Become part of the team, roll up the shirtsleeves, and be prepared to get dirt on your hands.’
    • ‘Jude entered the room, rolling his shirtsleeves up to his elbows as he always did, ‘What's that, you say?’’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • in (one's) shirtsleeves

    • Wearing a shirt with nothing over it.

      ‘estate agent types in their shirtsleeves’
      • ‘But one day in the summer I saw him in his shirtsleeves, the indelible blackish-green numbers of the concentration camp inmates tattooed into his arm.’
      • ‘He'd haul in a few dozen loads of dry wood and they'd heat the place up until we could set up a town in there and walk around in our shirtsleeves.’
      • ‘He stood there in his shirtsleeves as I took off my scarf and gloves and started unbuttoning my coat.’
      • ‘He was in his shirtsleeves - which may sound like no big deal in our post-dotcom, T-shirt world, but in 1977 was a stunning comment on how the place felt and worked.’
      • ‘Louis was in his shirtsleeves, utterly absorbed in one of the rare plants he was nurturing.’
      • ‘William stood before them in his shirtsleeves, presently not looking very steady on his feet.’
      • ‘Now I've had to put my sweater in the washing machine and sit here in the none-too-warm office in my shirtsleeves.’
      • ‘He was standing on a balcony overlooking the city, delivering some fairly serious commentary but in his shirtsleeves.’
      • ‘Summer had come early, and we were in our shirtsleeves, sitting at a table outside.’
      • ‘Sitting in the posh seats with the suits and ties, he perched in his shirtsleeves, ready for a scrap.’

Pronunciation

shirtsleeve

/ˈʃəːtsliːv/