adjective un·be·com·ing \ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ\

: not attractive : not becoming

: not appropriate or acceptable for a person in a particular job or position

Full Definition of UNBECOMING

:  not becoming <an unbecoming dress>; especially :  not according with the standards appropriate to one's position or condition of life <unbecoming conduct>
un·be·com·ing·ly \-miŋ-lē\ adverb
un·be·com·ing·ness noun

Examples of UNBECOMING

  1. That color is very unbecoming on her.
  2. <boorish behavior that is unbecoming to an officer>

First Known Use of UNBECOMING


Synonym Discussion of UNBECOMING

indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste. indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners <indecorous behavior>. improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method <improper use of campaign contributions>. unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste <remarried with unseemly haste>. unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status <conduct unbecoming to an officer>. indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling <indelicate expressions for bodily functions>.

Rhymes with UNBECOMING

UNBECOMINGLY Defined for Kids


adjective un·be·com·ing \ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ\

Definition of UNBECOMING for Kids

:  not suitable or proper :  not becoming <unbecoming clothes> <unbecoming behavior>


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