unbecoming

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

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

unbecomingly

play \ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ-lē\ adverb

unbecomingness

noun

Examples of unbecoming in a Sentence

  1. That color is very unbecoming on her.

  2. boorish behavior that is unbecoming to an officer

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First Known Use of unbecoming

1598

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

UNBECOMING Defined for English Language Learners

unbecoming

adjective

Definition of unbecoming for English Language Learners

  • : not attractive : not becoming

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


UNBECOMING Defined for Kids

unbecoming

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

Definition of unbecoming for Students

:not suitable or proper :not becoming
  • unbecoming clothes
  • unbecoming behavior


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