un·​glam·​or·​ous | \ ˌən-ˈglam-rəs How to pronounce unglamorous (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web Mr Rotstein’s dilemma underscores the role of trade finance, an unglamorous but critical bit of the financial system. The Economist, "Collateral damage Trade finance stumbles into the digital era," 4 July 2020 Analysis, planning, intellectual discipline and rigor, evaluation of results, course corrections, and the like are the blocking and tackling of presidential decision-making, the unglamorous side of the job. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Congress wants its own inquiry into leadership failures in response to virus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt," 22 June 2020 In contrast, their masterpiece only comes through investing time in the unglamorous and painstaking process of refinement. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Take a tip from Lady Gaga to boost the quality of your work," 6 June 2020 Just as our best efforts at fighting the virus are a whole bunch of small, unglamorous decisions by many people—staying home, washing hands, painstakingly testing vaccine candidates—the same thing is true on the communications side. Gretchen Mcculloch, Wired, "Covid-19 Is History’s Biggest Translation Challenge," 31 May 2020 The price of steel reinforcement bar, the somewhat unglamorous but ubiquitous commodity used to strengthen concrete, has risen almost 5 percent over the past month in Shanghai. BostonGlobe.com, "Retail sales fall 0.5% in February, biggest drop since 2018," 17 Mar. 2020 Much more important are the relatively unglamorous critical infrastructures required to provide safe water, sanitation, drainage and transport accessible to all. Tom Goodfellow, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s big infrastructure projects are often a win for international investors not for Africans," 19 Mar. 2020 The pair had flamed out in London, she as an actress, he as a sales clerk at Topshop, and were in the middle of five dispiriting years writing scripts and shuffling through unglamorous jobs. David Segal, New York Times, "Drama Meets Tedium and a British Sitcom is Born," 19 Feb. 2020 For all the importance of this unglamorous work in facilitating this massive collective effort, few people understand why so many Chinese people are working so hard while asking for nothing in return. Frankie Huang, Quartz, "Chinese communities built a donation pipeline for Covid-19 supplies to US hospitals," 4 Apr. 2020

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circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Unglamorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unglamorous. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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