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

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Adjective

unseemliness \ ˌən-​ˈsēm-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unseemliness (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 The name on the PUBLIC hospital is unseemly, even regardless of his recent inactions ... Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Citing policy on Trump's Facebook posts, San Francisco official wants Zuckerberg's name stripped from public hospital," 1 July 2020 According to the Administration, Mueller and his team displayed an unseemly eagerness to uncover crimes that never existed. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Why the Mueller Investigation Failed," 29 June 2020 That, of course, is why a cluttered home is both so common in America and so unseemly. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The End of Minimalism," 8 June 2020 Kirkpatrick said attacking the health care law during the new coronavirus health crisis is especially unseemly. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "House Democrats rip Trump administration over latest health care challenge," 6 May 2020 Neighbors complained about unseemly customers hanging around the theater. Katie Shepherd, BostonGlobe.com, "Last erotic theater closes in Portland, Ore., where ‘porn palaces’ once transformed city," 7 Mar. 2020 But to do so would require commandeering thousands of test kits each week for millionaire pro athletes and support staff, something many view as unseemly, especially when ordinary Americans are waiting in line. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 1-2," 3 May 2020 Bring up everything embarrassing, unseemly and bad. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Ex-Diamondback Trevor Bauer says '70 percent' of MLB pitchers cheat," 27 Feb. 2020 Baseball inoculates itself against unseemly behavior by means of rules that, although unwritten, are not unenforced, as Hinch and Martinez demonstrated. George Will, National Review, "In Baseball, the Most Valuable Rules Are Unwritten," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of unseemly was in the 14th century

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12 Jul 2020

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“Unseemly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unseemly. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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unseemly

adjective
How to pronounce unseemly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unseemly

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

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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