ungenteel

adjective

un·​gen·​teel ˌən-jen-ˈtēl How to pronounce ungenteel (audio)
: not genteel : lacking in courtesy or refinement : inelegant
The young ladies arrived: their appearance was by no means ungenteel or unfashionable.Jane Austen
ungenteelly adverb
… asks you to "pick up after your pet"—without being ungenteelly specific about what is to be picked up. Theo Dombrowski

Examples of ungenteel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web White outfits became the dress code at Wimbledon in the eighteen-eighties, because it was believed that white best masked ungenteel perspiration. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ungenteel was in 1633

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“Ungenteel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungenteel. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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