If somebody asks me to describe the below photo, I would definitely say, "It is a picture of shirtless Putin on a horseback".
The adjective topless is defined by Oxford Online Dictionary:
(Of a woman) having the breasts uncovered: a topless dancer.
And according to Online Etymology Dictionary, topless means:
of women, "bare-breasted," 1966, from top (n.1) + -less.
And I looked up the bold top (n.1) above in the same dictionary and it states:
Few Indo-European languages have a word so generic, which can be used of the upper part or surface of just about anything.
Chelsea Handler uses topless Vladimir Putin photo to highlight Instagram nudity inequalities
Can the adjective topless describe a male? What is the difference between shirtless and topless, then?
What does the noun top mean in topless? What is its etymology? (I can't figure out from Online Etymology Dictionary.)
Are there more apt/suitable words to describe the below picture besides shirtless (or possibly topless)?