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 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 There are countless unsexy fields, including professional services. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Most were not blockbuster therapies or expensive medicines but unsexy, low-tech ideas, like water chlorination or better techniques for treating dehydration. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Emphasising the importance of representation in sunscreen, a famously unsexy category, might seem silly, but its impact can't be overstated. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, 16 Apr. 2021 In an American imagination that has historically stereotyped Black people as alternately ignorant and emotional or sexualized and cool, the nerd — smart and cerebral, unsexy and decidedly uncool — creates cognitive dissonance. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 On the other side of the tracks, the old and unsexy names, which fell in March 2020 and could not sustain a decent recovery through the remainder of the year, have all soared. Sami J. Karam, National Review, 23 Mar. 2021 Right now, Texans may be unusually open to seeing the benefits of federal investment in ordinarily unsexy things like transmission lines and grid integration. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 19 Feb. 2021 Across Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, skin care pros and enthusiasts have switched their focus from instant-gratification products like acids and peels to the somewhat unsexy stratum corneum (the technical term for your skin moisture barrier). Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 22 Jan. 2021 The carmaker’s new logistics division will peddle such unsexy things as delivery vans and autonomous electric pallets for use in warehouses (see article). The Economist, 16 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unsexy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2021

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“Unsexy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsexy. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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