unsavory

adjective un·sa·vory \ ˌən-ˈsā-və-rē , -ˈsāv-rē \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of unsavory

2 a : unpleasant to taste or smell
b : disagreeable, distasteful
  • an unsavory assignment
; especially : morally offensive
  • unsavory business practices

Examples of unsavory in a Sentence

  1. He is an unsavory character.

  2. an unsavory blend of spices that simply overwhelmed the fish's delicate flavor

Recent Examples of unsavory from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unsavory.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unsavory

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

unsavory Synonyms


UNSAVORY Defined for English Language Learners

unsavory

Definition of unsavory for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasant or offensive



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up unsavory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a downward inclination or slope

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a-pile-of-three-dimensional-shapes-in-green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!