un·​pre·​pos·​sess·​ing | \ ˌən-ˌprē-pə-ˈze-siŋ How to pronounce unprepossessing (audio) also -ˈse- \

Definition of unprepossessing

: not tending to create a favorable impression : not prepossessing an unprepossessing figure an unprepossessing restaurant

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Recent Examples on the Web As reported by Brandon in an epilogue to her book, Duchamp married an unprepossessing rich woman in 1927, in Paris, with Picabia as best man. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 This crisis is apparent in casting the unprepossessing Krieps, who already creeped out Paul Thomas Anderson’s repellent Phantom Thread. Armond White, National Review, 13 Oct. 2021 Nothing can be more unprepossessing than a sea-anemone when contracted. Jessy Randall, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 How can this little sheet, of such an unprepossessing subject, have such authority? Jason Farago, New York Times, 27 June 2021 Starring in these books was an unprepossessing intelligence officer named George Smiley. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2020 An unprepossessing wood-frame rowhouse from the 1850s, it is now covered in aluminum siding; a third floor has been added since Whitman lived here with his parents and four of his brothers. Jane Margolies, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2019 But to know any of that you’d have to see beyond their unprepossessing appearances. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 3 Sep. 2019 The couple lived in an unprepossessing apartment above a dentist named Goris. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 13 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of unprepossessing

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprepossessing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprepossessing. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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