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

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Other Words from unsexy

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

Examples of unsexy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the original unsexy, stretchy wool, unisex unitard has evolved into flattering fashion statements in all sizes, styles and colors. oregonlive, "This summer’s must-buy swimwear is here and everyone’s having sales," 17 June 2020 Investors, for their part, see beef firms as unsexy businesses with thin margins. The Economist, "Of chainsaws and supply chains How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation," 11 June 2020 When Musk invested in Tesla 16 years ago, electric cars seemed hopelessly uneconomical, unsexy, unwanted. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Nobody tells Elon Musk what to do. Maybe that’s the problem," 13 May 2020 Wright’s hero is Dr. Henry Parsons, a physically frail but not unsexy legend in the field of contagion. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Strange Comfort of Reading a Pandemic Novel," 13 May 2020 August 22 Who knew the unsexy work of disciplined inventory and expense management could get Wall Street this excited? Washington Post, "No, Things Aren’t Looking Up at Nordstrom," 20 Sep. 2019 This very unsexy name refers to the surprise reveal of a YouTube star opening a toy in front of a camera. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "The 6 best surprise toys for kids to 'unbox:' L.O.L dolls, Ryan's World and more," 6 Dec. 2019 Efficiency of movement, multitasking, keeping ingredients fresh and stored properly and memorizing classic recipes — these are the unsexy bits that allow a bartender to go above and beyond. Lou Bustamante, SFChronicle.com, "The craft cocktail revolution is over. Where does it go from here?," 8 Nov. 2019 Cis men tend to know little about the experiences people have with their vaginas, particularly the bits that can be sticky, smelly, and socially coded as unsexy or even shameful. Wired, "The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unsexy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2020

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“Unsexy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsexy. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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