un·​im·​pos·​ing | \ ˌən-im-ˈpō-ziŋ How to pronounce unimposing (audio) \

Definition of unimposing

: not large or impressive : not imposing a physically unimposing man

Examples of unimposing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Associated Press Steve Dalkowski, a left-handed pitcher with an unimposing physique, spent nine seasons in the minor leagues without getting into a major league game. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Steve Dalkowski, Model for Erratic Pitcher in ‘Bull Durham,’ Dies at 80," 11 Apr. 2020 Corrections department officials celebrated the donation in December by leading visitors on a tour of Jessup’s library, an unimposing, carpeted room with shelves that hold roughly 6,000 books. Washington Post, "‘Reading changed me’: Prisoners at Jessup inspired by books, from Obama to Odom," 16 Jan. 2020 Griffin carried an otherwise unimposing Pistons team into the playoffs last season. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Blake Griffin's struggles cratering Detroit Pistons: 'There's no excuse'," 19 Dec. 2019 Whether Akers rebounds in 2019 depends in no small part on the production of the Seminoles' maligned offensive line and whether Taggart can cobble together solid quarterback play from an unimposing list of options. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best college football running backs for the 2019 season," 11 June 2019 But after flashing early in camp, Willis has looked at times like just another big body against an unimposing second- and third-string interior line. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Rising and falling: Eight Ravens on the move entering preseason game vs. Packers," 15 Aug. 2019 For example, in one sequence, a physically unimposing woman suddenly turns out to have amazing martial arts abilities, which is exactly the sort of setup that Stephen Chow staged in films like Shaolin Soccer with a high-octane wink. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Wu Assassins series lacks the Hong Kong cinema magic," 8 Aug. 2019 With its relatively unimposing length of 7,072 yards, Pebble Beach isn’t a venue where Koepka’s power will set him apart. Brian Costa, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the U.S. Open This Weekend," 15 June 2019 Continuing to pick on Schwartzman’s unimposing serve, Anderson broke for the sixth time to put himself up a break in the third set, and served for the match at 5-4. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "2018 French Open: Diego Schwartzman Stands Tall," 4 June 2018

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1809, in the meaning defined above

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“Unimposing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimposing. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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