un·​cool | \ ˌən-ˈkül How to pronounce uncool (audio) \

Definition of uncool

1 : lacking in assurance, sophistication, or self-control
2 : failing to accord with the values or styles (as of dress or behavior) of a particular group : not accepted or admired as cool or proper driving an uncool car an uncool remark

Examples of uncool in a Sentence

Her parents' car is totally uncool. It's uncool to lie to your friends.
Recent Examples on the Web Yes, the music is cheesy and the transitions are terribly uncool, but Mother's Day is all about those kinds of corny displays of affection. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Virtual Mother’s Day Card Options For Those Who Have To Celebrate From A Distance," 4 May 2020 Boasting on social media about that trip to the Maldives has become deeply uncool, just like turning up at the school gates in a Land Rover. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Luxury Holidays and SUVs Are Badges of Shame Now," 22 June 2019 Flanked by a perfectly charming Hilary Duff, Muniz's Cody Banks was exceedingly, endearingly uncool, a tech nerd whose supposedly debonair suits never fit quite right. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on HBO while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 4 Apr. 2020 Awkward Black Girl ran from 2011 to 2013 and made Rae a hero for uncool black girls everywhere who felt, well, insecure. refinery29.com, "Stop Asking Issa Rae About Fixing Hollywood — She’s Already Doing It," 17 Mar. 2020 At some point in the last 20 years, boneless, skinless chicken breasts became terribly uncool. Dawn Perry, New York Times, "Do Chicken Breasts Deserve A Comeback?," 27 Feb. 2020 The songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and the like were too old and uncool for the folkies and rockers and not yet old enough to be cool to a new generation. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Celebrating decades of music from the fingers of piano man John Eaton," 6 Nov. 2019 His eyewear combines two painfully uncool things (rimless and transition) in a way that actually kind of works. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Vogue, "The 11 Best Fashion Moments From 2019’s Most Stylish Films," 24 Dec. 2019 The share price of WH Smith is up nearly 50% year-to-date—not bad for a high street brand that was named the U.K.’s worst retailer in a recent consumer survey and gets mocked on Twitter for being an all too often uncool shopping experience. Jennifer Baljko, Fortune, "This Retailer Has Figured Out How to Profit in the One Place Amazon Doesn’t Reach (Yet)," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of uncool

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Uncool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncool. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncool

: not popular or fashionable
: not respectable or acceptable

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