un·​im·​pos·​ing ˌən-im-ˈpō-ziŋ How to pronounce unimposing (audio)
: not large or impressive : not imposing
a physically unimposing man

Examples of unimposing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for Willis, this lean, unimposing, harmonica-playing David was suddenly haunting the hulking Goliaths who had ruled the 1980s. Clark Collis, EW.com, 25 May 2023 When Trible arrived, the school had a small endowment and an unimposing campus. Brandi Kellam, ProPublica, 22 Dec. 2023 The unimposing storefront has been converted from a garage and still bears the hallmarks of one; Nelson was out by the side entrance chatting with neighbors as their children played. Jennifer Wilson, New York Times, 26 Sep. 2023 And yet Greece claimed that the existence of this rather unimposing nation-state posed a serious threat to its territorial integrity. Victor A. Friedman, Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2018 One team set for a quiet start is two-time defending national champion Georgia, which will face an unimposing early-season slate of Tenessee-Martin, Ball State, South Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 31 May 2023 We’re particularly obsessed with the mosaic ceilings and tiled flooring, dating back to the end of the 19th century, which bring a sense of unimposing grandeur. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 28 Apr. 2023 By contrast, the seven bras from KIT Undergarments, founded last year by two longtime celebrity stylists, are of almost Shaker simplicity, providing support in a mild, unimposing way and made of a nylon-and-spandex fabric that feels like smooth, stretchy cotton. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, 30 July 2020 Because Bello is young and physically unimposing (6 feet 1 inch, 185 pounds), throws hard, and is from the Dominican Republic and in the Red Sox organization, he gets asked often about the influence of Pedro Martinez and potential similarities to the Hall of Famer. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unimposing was in 1809

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“Unimposing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimposing. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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