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

Examples of unprepossessing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 For a long time it was housed in a dingy former military building in an unprepossessing part of the city. The Economist, 14 June 2018 Although Charles was a physically unprepossessing figure, he is made more magnificent by clothes, armor, jewels, and by his setting—atop a frisky slobbering steed, or enthroned before a robust column. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2018 Design professionals have a knack for finding charm in the most unprepossessing buildings, and Richard McGeehan is no exception. Hilary Robertson, ELLE Decor, 7 Feb. 2012 Still, there is the central mystery of how an unprepossessing former scientist became the first female chancellor of a country that had never even had a queen. Kati Marton, Vogue, 18 July 2017

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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