unassuming

adjective
un·​as·​sum·​ing | \ ˌən-ə-ˈsü-miŋ How to pronounce unassuming (audio) \

Definition of unassuming

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

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Other Words from unassuming

unassumingness noun

Examples of unassuming in a Sentence

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

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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

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

unassuming

adjective
un·​as·​sum·​ing | \ ˌən-ə-ˈsü-miŋ How to pronounce unassuming (audio) \

Kids Definition of unassuming

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

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