un·​fan·​cy ˌən-ˈfan(t)-sē How to pronounce unfancy (audio)
: not fancy
especially : appealingly plain, simple, or unpretentious
an unfancy restaurant
unfancy manners

Examples of unfancy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kitchen—small, unfancy, pleasant—has a window with a sight line to the Duomo: by conventional measures the best view in the apartment, but somehow, in this setting, a private decadence. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 The writing was elegant but direct, decidedly unfancy, and always infused by Gurza’s encyclopedic knowledge of music and passion for social justice, community and family. Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 John McDermott’s set, whose centerpiece is a large papier-mâché sheep, mostly looks like it was put together from objects found in an alley, while Charlotte Palmer-Lane’s costumes are correct but unfancy. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Wisely, the Thursday program was a fairly unfancy preview of what will be played on tour, Grimaud in the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Schumann Symphony No. 4. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, 11 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfancy was in 1902

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“Unfancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfancy. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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