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Unknown. First appeared in print in 1980s, but probably existed before that. The most common theory for its origin is that a purchase (especially that of a full three-piece suit) from Montague Maurice Burton (1885–1952), founder of Burton Menswear, was known as a "full Monty". According to the OED, this etymology is "perhaps the most plausible". The nudity definition comes via the movie The Full Monty, in which it is used as a euphemism for removing all one's clothes when stripping.
full monty (countable and uncountable, plural full monties)
- (Britain, colloquial, countable) Everything; the whole package.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:everything
- I thought he was only going to buy the basic kit, but he bought the full monty.
- (Britain, colloquial) Nudity.
- 2002, Gene Amole, The Last Chapter: Gene Amole on Dying, Big Earth Publishing, →ISBN, page 153:
- It is just as well the letter was tightly sealed, because there were photographs in it showing me and others in Full Monty. That is to say we were all buck naked.
- Usually with the.
full monty (not comparable)
- (Britain, colloquial) Nude.
- 2008, George McClendon, Heaven's Call to Earthy Spirituality, Dog Ear Publishing, →ISBN, page 63:
- Becoming male strippers and appearing full monty provides the connection.
- 2009, Sandra Hill, Viking Heat, Penguin, →ISBN:
- Her breasts were always a surprise to men the first time she went full monty. Because she was so tall and slim and athletic, they probably expected pancakes.
- 2012, Eric Jerome Dickey, An Accidental Affair, Penguin, →ISBN:
- “And she went full monty on film and everything has gone pear shaped for her.”
- Michael Quinion (2004), “Full monty”, in Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, →ISBN.