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

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Caruso has joined a profoundly unsexy array of civic boards since taking a turn on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power board at the age of 26. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Man Who Could Save Retail," 17 Sep. 2018 In what’s become a loud, extreme and disruptive era in the history of business, the unsexy choice is sometimes the sensible one. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018 If Casper could build brand affinity in the unsexy mattress space, couldn’t Udashkin do it with luggage? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 Gucci has embraced a quirky, at times resolutely unsexy, aesthetic. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Michael Kors Woos Versace in Push for Foothold in High Fashion," 24 Sep. 2018 Everything from unpretentious, unsexy Aquaphor ointment to crystal-clear lip gloss and everything in between. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "7 Ways to Highlight Your Face Without Using Actual Highlighter," 3 Oct. 2018 In that light, the undies are provocative by virtue of their unabashedly unsexy proportions. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Are You Ready for the Return of Tighty-Whities? Gucci Sure Is," 25 Sep. 2018 Energy efficiency is the unsexy side of the world’s energy debate. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Can India Afford to Cool Down?," 21 Nov. 2018 And a lot of that is just the simple, unsexy, does the email show up? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Social media makes us angry and unfocused. Is email the answer?," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unsexy

1959, in the meaning defined above

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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