un·​pol·​ished | \ˌən-ˈpä-lisht \

Definition of unpolished 

: not polished unpolished gemstones a talented but unpolished performer an unpolished rough draft

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Rosen is the man behind the camera, occasionally audible or visible in little unpolished touches. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "YouTuber who eats disgusting food is everything good about the internet," 20 Nov. 2018 Look for a four-inch diameter mortar with approximately a two-inch deep unpolished bowl and a pestle with a textured or matte working tip for better traction. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Instead of sticking to the clean designs that were in vogue at that time, Jacobs tapped the energy of the grunge and punk scene instead, sending out clothes that were decidedly dressed down and shockingly unpolished. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Just Re-Wore Her Look From Marc Jacobs’s 1993 Grunge Show," 9 Nov. 2018 Throughout the house, unpolished woods retain their inherent warmth. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "How to Warm Up a Home Without Cluttering It Up," 12 Oct. 2018 When traveling, sports jerseys look cheesy and unpolished. 12. Micaela English, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Never Wear While Traveling," 1 Oct. 2018 Auburns, chestnuts and coppers sweep across an unpolished canvas, creating a bold yet classic focal point that’s great for any space. Good Housekeeping, "Bold, Classic Style for Any Space," 14 Aug. 2018 What doesn't: The line deliveries of its untrained cast feel unpolished at times. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'The Rider' movie review: Tiny drama offers what most blockbusters can't," 23 May 2018 Service: Charming and welcoming, if a little unpolished. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Giada De Laurentiis' new restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore serves up appealing flavors," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unpolished

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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