unimaginatively conventional

"a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek

Syn: ↑button-down, ↑conservative
Similar to: ↑conventional

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buttˈoned-down adjective (US inf)
Conservative, esp in dress or behaviour
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Main Entry:button

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Informal. conservative or traditional:»

...styles more individualistic and less buttoned-down; By nature, he is a buttoned-down New Englander.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • buttoned-down — uttoned down adj. conservatively formal and businesslike in dress and manner. Syn: button down, conservative. [WordNet 1.5] a colorful character in the buttoned down, dull gray world of business. Newsweek …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buttoned-down — adjective see button down I, 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • buttoned-down — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective See button down …   English dictionary for students

  • buttoned-down — but·toned down …   English syllables

  • buttoned — uttoned adj. furnished with buttons or something buttonlike. Opposite of {unbuttoned}. [Narrower terms: {botonee, botonnee}; {button down}; {closed}] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buttoned vs unbuttoned — closed closed adj. 1. having an opening obstructed. [Narrower terms: {blind}] Also See: {obstructed}, {sealed}, {shut}, {unopen}, {closed}. Antonym: {open}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Math.) of a curve or surface: having no end points or boundary curves;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buttoned — adjective furnished or closed with buttons or something buttonlike (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑fastened • Ant: ↑unbuttoned • Similar to: ↑botonee, ↑botonnee, ↑button down …   Useful english dictionary

  • button-down — adjective 1. unimaginatively conventional (Freq. 1) a colorful character in the buttoned down, dull grey world of business Newsweek • Syn: ↑buttoned down, ↑conservative • Similar to: ↑conventional 2. of a shirt; having the e …   Useful english dictionary

  • button-down — ˈbutton down also ˈbuttoned down adjective [only before a noun] a button down company or style is formal and traditional: • Wearing cowboy boots and open necked shirts, he did not fit in with the button down culture of IBM. * * * button down UK… …   Financial and business terms

  • button-down — adjective 1》 (of a shirt collar) having points which are buttoned to the garment. 2》 (also buttoned down or buttoned up) N. Amer. informal (of a person) conservative or inhibited …   English new terms dictionary

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