un·​pret·​ty ˌən-ˈpri-tē How to pronounce unpretty (audio)
 also  -ˈpru̇-
unprettier; unprettiest
: not pretty: such as
: not pleasant to look at
an awkward and unpretty child
: 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 Alone in unpretty industrial locales, Young seems at home. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 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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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpretty was in 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Unpretty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpretty. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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