un·​pol·​ished ˌən-ˈpä-lisht How to pronounce unpolished (audio)
: not polished
unpolished gemstones
a talented but unpolished performer
an unpolished rough draft

Examples of unpolished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the unpolished ceramic floor tiles bears the pawprints of a large dog that must have stepped into a mold full of wet clay. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 20 Apr. 2023 Intrigued, Enrico tells Richard to prepare a presentation, and despite his complete ignorance of marketing, Richard manages to sell him on testing the idea thanks to his unbridled enthusiasm that goes a long way toward compensating for his unpolished delivery. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2023 Typically, corrido singers’ vocals are raw and unpolished, but not Nuñez’s. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 26 July 2023 The bedroom is as ascetic as a monk’s cave—white walls, white sheets, minimal furniture, and unpolished wood floors—save for the arresting artwork hanging on the wall. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 10 Aug. 2023 Martin retained what customers had come to love about the Seaview: an unpolished, homegrown appeal that welcomed visitors without feeling touristy. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 29 July 2023 There’s something poetic about Auburn’s unpolished hue. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 18 July 2023 That was this Oscars in a nutshell: surprising warmth and sincere, unpolished emotions that blossomed in a stultifying format. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023 Pop hooks — perhaps from a trombone or an accordion — support raw, seemingly unpolished voices, even as the band arrangements demand real-time virtuosity. Jon Pareles, New York Times, 22 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpolished was in the 14th century

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“Unpolished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpolished. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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