un·​glam·​or·​ous | \ˌən-ˈglam-rəs, -ˈgla-mə-\

Definition of unglamorous 

: not excitingly attractive : not glamorous unglamorous work … only 80 pay to enter this unglamorous, graffiti-scarred brick building with views of the Thames.— Asher Price

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His face is redemptively unglamorous, so unlike a movie actor’s face. Lee Siegel, WSJ, "Bertolucci’s Obsessions," 30 Nov. 2018 In June 2017, the Internet collectively gasped over rumors of Taylor Swift traveling in a distinctly unglamorous fashion in order to avoid the paparazzi outside her Tribeca apartment. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Zayn Malik Potentially Revealed the Truth About a Famous Taylor Swift Conspiracy Theory," 15 Nov. 2018 The problem with outsourcing moderation Workers like Scola represent the unglamorous underbelly of major social platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Ex-Facebook moderator sues Facebook over exposure to disturbing images," 26 Sep. 2018 This may seem like an extreme example, but insurance is essential for a playoff contender — no matter how thin or unglamorous its trade inventory may look. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs need insurance for the rotation and bullpen, no matter how small the upgrade," 5 July 2018 With no basement, attic or spare room, unglamorous documents have no home and can end up stacked in plain sight in utilitarian boxes, unattractive reminders of the bureaucracy of life. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 Cyn’s apartment is claustrophobically generic, and public courts and budget hotels with three to a room are the unglamorous reality. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: Amanda Peet's 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough': A tennis prodigy learns life's score," 29 June 2018 Haspel took a posting as field officer in Ethiopia, an unglamorous assignment, but one that taught her how to run operations against agents for the Soviet Union, then a benefactor of the Ethiopian government. Shane Harris, Washington Post, "Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program," 17 May 2018 Such are the unglamorous realities of getting outside with the under-five set. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Hiking with Young Kids? Follow These Tips," 26 June 2018

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circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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