unseemly

adjective
un·​seem·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈsēm-lē How to pronounce unseemly (audio) \

Definition of unseemly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not seemly: such as
a : not according with established standards of good form or taste unseemly bickering
b : not suitable for time or place : inappropriate, unseasonable

unseemly

adverb

Definition of unseemly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in an unseemly manner

Other Words from unseemly

Adjective

unseemliness \ ˌən-​ˈsēm-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unseemly (audio) \ noun

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Adjective

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

Examples of unseemly in a Sentence

Adjective He spent unseemly amounts of money on himself. an unseemly interest in their host's income and expenses
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As Atlas indicates, there’s something unseemly or even boring about this element of life: the logistics, the finances, not to mention the aging body and its diminishments and then, ultimately, loss and grief. Anna Altman, The New Republic, 26 July 2022 Federal prosecutors in New York and the Department of Labor are inspecting Amazon warehouses around the country as part of a civil investigation into unsafe and unseemly workplace conditions. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 18 July 2022 The spectacle that ensued this week was unseemly and chaotic. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 July 2022 An out-of-the-blue showstopper would seem to accomplish that unseemly goal. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 July 2022 Many words come to mind to describe the tenor of Smith’s message directed at Boselli: despicable, naïve, repugnant, astonishing, unseemly and classless. Gene Frenette, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 The original clock and 60-foot tempietto (that, once upon a time, was used to mask an unseemly water tower) have been painstakingly recreated from archival photographs. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Naysayers are unseemly blockages that will delay a better world. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 4 June 2022 There is something unseemly, to put it mildly, about the famous and fabulously wealthy urging crypto on their fans. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some see it as unseemly; others call it harmless fun. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 That’s when Lakins allowed four runs on five hits, with an additional run charged to Baumann — an inning as unseemly as the hail that had fallen earlier. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 16 Apr. 2022 Some see it as unseemly; others call it harmless fun. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 In addition to money, Othram encouraged supporters to donate their DNA, a request that some critics called unseemly, saying donors should contribute to databases easily available to all investigators. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 Some see it as unseemly; others call it harmless fun. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 Some see it as unseemly; others call it harmless fun. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 Some see it as unseemly; others call it harmless fun. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 Some see it as unseemly; others call it harmless fun. Maureen Maher, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unseemly

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Unseemly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseemly. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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unseemly

adjective
un·​seem·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈsēm-lē How to pronounce unseemly (audio) \
unseemlier; unseemliest

Kids Definition of unseemly

: not polite or proper unseemly behavior

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