un·​sexy | \ ˌən-ˈsek-sē How to pronounce unsexy (audio) \
unsexier; unsexiest

Definition of unsexy

: not sexy : not sexually suggestive or appealing a modest, unsexy dress also : not generally attractive or appealing … prefer their wine aged and dated, not bottled in an unsexy jug … — Jaclyn Fierman

Other Words from unsexy

unsexily \ ˌən-​ˈsek-​sə-​lē How to pronounce unsexy (audio) \ adverb
unsexiness \ ˌən-​ˈsek-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce unsexy (audio) \ noun

Examples of unsexy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The models for Abercrombie & Fitch might be nice to look at, but this documentary delves into the unsexy side of the century-old company. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 30 July 2022 The war in Ukraine has given the relatively unsexy field of international law a moment in the spotlight. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 And that is the unsexy stuff - the take-back, logistics, and tech. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 26 May 2022 After refinishing floors and new hardwood, the next best return on investment was another decidedly unsexy project: an insulation upgrade. Anna Bahney, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 But the foundation of the search tool also relies on a lot of rote computation, unsexy work done in great big data centers that use lots of energy. Matt Simon, Wired, 31 Jan. 2022 Global finance is an unsexy but important part of the book. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Horowitz also prioritized the unsexy but critical work of just making the clothes nicer. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Finally, the deeply unsexy—but deeply logistical—issue: the supply chain. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unsexy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Unsexy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsexy. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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