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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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 He was also known for his willingness to dig into the more unglamorous aspects of local government, like budget and pension reforms and tax policy. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF Mayor-elect Breed names former Supervisor Sean Elsbernd chief of staff," 25 June 2018 Unlike many of their house flipping counterparts, Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk, the stars of HGTV's Good Bones, are refreshingly candid about the costs, unglamorous tasks, and hard work required to renovate homes. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Why 'Good Bones' Is the Complete Opposite of Every Other House Flipping Show," 24 Mar. 2018 Good government is often unglamorous stuff—fixing pot holes, plowing snow, collecting trash. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Trump's 'Space Force' Won't — and Shouldn't — Happen," 19 June 2018

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circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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