MEANING: adjective:
1. Relating to pleasant warm weather.
2. Informal; direct.
3. Hardworking; having a can-do attitude.

ETYMOLOGY: From the idea of rolling up the sleeves of one’s shirt in warm weather, in an informal setting, or in preparation to get down to work. Could also be from the idea of simply wearing a shirt, without a formal coat. From shirt, from Old English scyrte + sleeve, from Old English sliefe. Earliest documented use: 1567.

SHIFTSLEEVE - the arm covering attached to a dress that falls straight down from the shoulders

SHIRT-SALE EVE - the night before the haberdashery reduced its prices

SHIRE SLEEVE - a specific cut of clothing worn in Bilbo Baggins' homeland