unassuming

adjective
un·as·sum·ing | \ ˌən-ə-ˈsü-miŋ \

Definition of unassuming 

: not assuming : modest an unassuming librarian an unassuming manner an unassuming neighborhood

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unassumingness noun

Examples of unassuming in a Sentence

He's just an unassuming guy. They lived in an unassuming home.

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Whatever the reason, there was something striking about an entirely explicable outcome for a change: A generally unassuming incumbent defeated a disgraced former officeholder by a considerable margin. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "4 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 27 June 2018 And though Brooks’ gripping play occasionally veers into the simplistic, Lockwood’s deceptively unassuming performance is a beacon of authenticity that lights the stage. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "'Hostage' at the Skylight Theatre: a shattering slice of the Iranian crisis," 12 June 2018 Fascinating dishes can pop up in the most unassuming places. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 The Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, inhabited by 173 people, may seem unassuming, with homes made of wood and tarpaulin surrounded by animal pens. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "As Israeli bulldozers circle, a tiny village takes center stage in Palestinian struggle," 11 July 2018 In coming days, the unassuming 400-square-foot space dotted with picnic tables will close and Sizzles will expand to 1,650 square feet in a strip mall to the east off 159th Street. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Burgers, desserts, compassion are staples at Sizzles in Lockport," 12 July 2018 Yet these unassuming environments are producing world-class wines. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine," 12 July 2018 Ngon Appetit is tucked at the center of a small strip of shops, a nail salon, Subway and Check into Cash unassuming neighbors. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 Beneath the highway, guests were seated at two massive yet unassuming banquet-style tables with plastic seats, each one decorated with a white tulle bow. Kristen Bateman, The Cut, "Vetements Showed Shirts Printed With a Russian Insult," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of unassuming

1722, in the meaning defined above

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unassuming

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unassuming

: not having or showing a desire to be noticed, praised, etc.

unassuming

adjective
un·as·sum·ing | \ ˌən-ə-ˈsü-miŋ \

Kids Definition of unassuming

: modest sense 1 She was a quiet and unassuming person.

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