buttoned-up uttoned-up adj. 1. taciturn. Opposite of {voluble}. [British colloquial] [WordNet 1.5]

2. conservative in professional manner; as, employers are looking for buttoned-up types. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • buttoned-up — ► buttoned up informal formal and inhibited in manner. Main Entry: ↑button …   English terms dictionary

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  • buttoned-up — /but nd up /, adj. 1. carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.: one of the most buttoned up companies in the business. 2. conservative, as in professional style or manner: Employers are looking for buttoned up types. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • buttoned-up — adjective Date: 1936 coldly reserved or standoffish < a buttoned up executive > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • buttoned-up — see buttoned up …   English dictionary

  • buttoned-up — /bʌtnd ˈʌp/ (say butnd up) adjective 1. with the buttons done up. 2. reserved and inhibited …   Australian English dictionary

  • buttoned-up — but|toned up [ ,bʌtnd ʌp ] adjective BRITISH INFORMAL unwilling to show or talk about feelings and emotions …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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