unassuming

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

Definition of unassuming

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

unassumingness

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Examples of unassuming in a Sentence

  1. He's just an unassuming guy.

  2. They lived in an unassuming home.

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First Known Use of unassuming

1722

unassuming Synonyms

Synonyms
demure, down-to-earth, lowly, meek, modest, humble, unpretentious
Antonyms
arrogant, bumptious, chesty, conceited, egotistic (or egotistical), fastuous, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, hoity-toity, huffish, huffy, imperious, lordly, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity
Related Words
acquiescent, compliant, deferential, resigned, submissive, unaggressive, unassertive, yielding; cowering, cringing, shrinking; ingenuous, naive (or naïve), plain, simple, unaffected; bashful, diffident, introverted, mousy (or mousey), overmodest, passive, quiet, reserved, retiring, sheepish, shy, subdued, timid, unobtrusive; aw-shucks, self-deprecating, self-deprecatory, self-effacing
Near Antonyms
aggressive, assertive, audacious, bold, brash, brassy, cheeky, forward, impertinent, impudent, saucy; cocksure, cocky, confident, hubristic, overconfident, self-confident; egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), narcissistic, prideful, self-affected, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-congratulatory, self-contented, self-engrossed, self-important, self-obsessed, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up, swelled-headed; boastful, bombastic, braggy, swaggering, vain, vainglorious; condescending, disdainful, dominant, dominating, domineering, magisterial, overbearing, patronizing, pontificating; flamboyant, ostentatious, showy; extroverted (also extraverted), immodest, outgoing, uninhibited, unreserved

UNASSUMING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of unassuming for English Language Learners

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


UNASSUMING Defined for Kids

unassuming

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

Definition of unassuming for Students

:modest 1 She was a quiet and unassuming person.


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