un·​sexy ˌən-ˈsek-sē How to pronounce unsexy (audio)
unsexier; unsexiest
: 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
unsexily adverb
unsexiness noun

Examples of unsexy in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsexy was in 1959

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“Unsexy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsexy. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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