- 1[transitive] button something (up) to fasten something with buttons She hurriedly buttoned (up) her blouse.
- 2[intransitive] button (up) to be fastened with buttons The dress buttons (up) at the back. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French bouton, of Germanic origin and related to the verb butt.Extra examples He buttoned up his shirt. She buttoned the child into his coat. The dress buttons at the back.Idioms (British English, informal) used to tell somebody rudely to be quiet
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they button
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtn//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtn//he / she / it buttons
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnz//past simple buttoned
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnd//past participle buttoned
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnd//-ing form buttoning
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtnɪŋ//