un·​sexy | \ˌən-ˈsek-sē \
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

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Other Words from unsexy

unsexily \ ˌən-​ˈsek-​sə-​lē \ adverb
unsexiness \ ˌən-​ˈsek-​sē-​nəs \ noun

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In what is probably the most unsexy, unflattering language ever used to describe a warplane, the Air Force says the ideal A-10 Thunderbolt replacement would be akin to a soda vending machine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What the Air Force Wants the A-10's Replacement To Look Like," 17 June 2016 However unsexy, nuts-and-bolts dental hygiene is key to keeping your smile young-looking. Abbie Kozolchyk, Good Housekeeping, "Best Tips and Tools to Whiten Your Smile," 7 Jan. 2011 Of course, toe shoes have been rearing their unsexy and fascinating heads for quite some time. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Toe Shoes, the Most Hideous Footwear of All, Are Making an Actual Comeback," 30 May 2018 Well, the immediate, unsexy answer is ‘sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,’ who shortly after the James news agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal to rejoin the Lakers, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Examining the Biggest Ripple Effects of LeBron James's Decision to Join Lakers," 1 July 2018 One cynical academic averred that politicians will always opt for showy handouts rather than unsexy long-term solutions, however inefficient that may be. The Economist, "Indian states are testing a new way of setting development priorities," 14 June 2018 Much of that general fund money - about $6 million -- would go toward unsexy changes such as traffic signal improvements. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "Wheeler's budget includes millions for traffic signals, money to study streetcar expansion," 30 Apr. 2018 The world is replete with unsexy sandals: chemical-fuming rubber $4.99 flip-flops from drugstores, paper-thin freebies given out après-pedi, and the venerable Birkenstock. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Thong Heels—Spring’s Sexiest Sandals—Are Back," 26 Mar. 2018 Honey also makes money from a cash-back program similar to that of Ebates, the unsexy online shopping site that is nonetheless a cash cow; Rakuten bought it for $1 billion in 2014. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Honey — the under-the-radar coupon startup — has held talks to raise around $100 million in a new investment," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unsexy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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