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.
Recent Examples on the Web After about 10 or 15 minutes, the shuttle stopped at a seemingly unassuming home in a typical Los Angeles neighborhood. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Harry Styles & Spotify Introduce 'Fine Line' to Lucky Los Angeles Fans by Transporting Them to Eroda," 12 Dec. 2019 So what makes this pant, the most unassuming component of a classic supermodel’s wardrobe, so special? Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has Mastered the Art of the “Non-Fashion” Fashion Jean," 21 Nov. 2019 After a stint in prison, the old friends make a bold play, raiding the unassuming-looking storage facility where their bosses stash their loot. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews for ‘Daughter of the Wolf,’ ‘Lost Angelas,’ ‘Head Count,’ ‘Killer Unicorn,’ ‘Vault’," 13 June 2019 There are some unassuming, excellent wine bars in the arches too—ask about the plat du jour and of course the vermouth, at Vermuteria, then move along for a glass of petit manseng and a slice of olive cake with cherry compote at The Drop. Vogue, "Where to Stay and Eat in London’s Renewed King’s Cross Neighborhood," 16 Sep. 2019 In a city filled with excellent watering holes, one of the most impressive newcomers is Himmeriget, an unassuming bar in a former butcher shop. New York Times, "36 Hours in Copenhagen," 26 Apr. 2018 Tony's Darts Away used to be an unassuming dive bar in Magnolia Park, but Yanow bought the business almost nine years ago and converted it into a popular brewpub that specializes in craft beer and vegan food. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "‘Burbank Common’ project aims to create gathering space in downtown Burbank," 31 Jan. 2018 Alison Brie — who co-wrote this film with its director, Jeff Baena — plays Sarah, an unassuming and socially awkward arts-and-crafts store employee who doesn’t quite fit in with her Zumba classmates or her roommate. Mariel Wamsley, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Horse Girl’ and ‘Ma’," 8 Feb. 2020 Narron is a hardball Forrest Gump — a humble, unassuming man who always seems to be on the scene when big things happen. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox bench coach Jerry Narron was on the scene at some very memorable ballgames," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unassuming

1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Unassuming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unassuming. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unassuming

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


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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