un·​im·​pres·​sive ˌən-im-ˈpre-siv How to pronounce unimpressive (audio)
: not attracting or deserving particular attention, admiration, or interest : not impressive
an unimpressive performance
a small, unimpressive building
unimpressively adverb
unimpressiveness noun

Examples of unimpressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the outside, the Center Theatre Group headquarters, a nondescript building across the street from the Music Center, is spectacularly unimpressive, the kind of place your mind wouldn’t even register as existing. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Even when the field seems weak or unimpressive or unknown from the outside, there’s always the potential for drama. Jim Alexander, Orange County Register, 27 Jan. 2024 The growth rate, whether measured sequentially or year over year, was unimpressive for a frame in which Netflix bolted on 13.1 million subscribers. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 24 Feb. 2024 But a large part of that formula for success was playing three teams in the playoffs with unimpressive (or downright bad) defensive-line pass rushes in Miami, Buffalo, and Baltimore. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 The macro lens is equally unimpressive, rendering dark and pixelated images. Sarah Lord, PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Citing polling data and the unimpressive turnout for Iowa’s caucuses, lawmakers with an investment in the GOP’s success warned that potential GOP votes may not be convertible into actual GOP votes. Noah Rothman, National Review, 22 Jan. 2024 The relative risk reduction is 95 percent, while the absolute risk reduction is a decidedly unimpressive 0.85 percent. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2023 From the looks of the frown on Dua’s face, it was also had a wildly unimpressive taste. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unimpressive was in 1760

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“Unimpressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unimpressive. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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