Definition of Buttoned-up
1. Adjective. (British colloquial) not inclined to conversation.
Geographical relationships: Britain, Great Britain, U.k., Uk, United Kingdom, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
Similar to: Taciturn
2. Adjective. Conservative in professional manner. "Employers are looking for buttoned-up types"
Literary usage of Buttoned-up
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Medical Times and Gazette (1858)
"... or stagger along, with stocks and tight buttoned-up woollen jackets; and the best heat- absorbing colours arc in many cases the dresses they wear. ..."
2. Motors and Motor-driving by Alfred Harmsworth Northcliffe (1902)
"This chapter, however, has to deal with the more serious side of the question, how aA long Coat showing Leather Waistcoat The same buttoned up woman should ..."