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unseemly

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adjective un·seem·ly \ˌən-ˈsēm-lē\

Definition of unseemly

  1. :  not seemly: such asa :  not according with established standards of good form or taste unseemly bickeringb :  not suitable for time or place :  inappropriate, unseasonable

unseemliness

play \ˌən-ˈsēm-lē-nəs\ noun

Examples of unseemly in a Sentence

  1. He spent unseemly amounts of money on himself.

  2. an unseemly interest in their host's income and expenses

14th Century

First Known Use of unseemly

14th century

Synonym Discussion of unseemly

indecorous, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indelicate mean not conforming to what is accepted as right, fitting, or in good taste. indecorous suggests a violation of accepted standards of good manners. indecorous behavior improper applies to a broader range of transgressions of rules not only of social behavior but of ethical practice or logical procedure or prescribed method. improper use of campaign contributions unseemly adds a suggestion of special inappropriateness to a situation or an offensiveness to good taste. remarried with unseemly haste unbecoming suggests behavior or language that does not suit one's character or status. conduct unbecoming to an officer indelicate implies a lack of modesty or of tact or of refined perception of feeling. indelicate expressions for bodily functions

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unseemly

adverb un·seem·ly

Definition of unseemly

  1. :  in an unseemly manner

14th Century

First Known Use of unseemly

14th century


UNSEEMLY Defined for English Language Learners

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unseemly

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adjective un·seem·ly \ˌən-ˈsēm-lē\

Definition of unseemly for English Language Learners

  • : not proper or appropriate for the situation : not seemly


UNSEEMLY Defined for Kids

unseemly

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adjective un·seem·ly \ˌən-ˈsēm-lē\

Definition of unseemly for Students

unseemlier

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unseemliest

  1. :  not polite or proper unseemly behavior



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