un·​pret·​ty | \ ˌən-ˈpri-tē How to pronounce unpretty (audio) , -ˈpər- also -ˈpru̇- \
unprettier; unprettiest

Definition of unpretty

: not pretty: such as
a : not pleasant to look at an awkward and unpretty child
b : not pleasant or appealing an unpretty life facing an unpretty situation … Wilson paints an unpretty picture of life on tour.— Steven Dougherty

Examples of unpretty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, on display, in courts and prisons, is the unpretty gunk of liberal democracy. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 Hari Kunzru’s new novel, Red Pill, offers a memorably unpretty glimpse into suburban Germany, a place rocked by the same strain of bleak, post-truth right-wing extremism that fills up Trump rallies and Blue Lives Matter protests. Wired Staff, Wired, 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unpretty

1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpretty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretty. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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