un·​showy ˌən-ˈshō-ē How to pronounce unshowy (audio)
unshowier; unshowiest
: not tending or intended to draw attention : not showy
a quiet, unshowy performance

Examples of unshowy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web King portrays her with the dignity, grit and passion of a trailblazer who made a difference, though the performance is rigorously unshowy. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2024 There is a subdued, unshowy but profound beauty to Hawes’ work. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Blackpink’s Jennie Kim Makes Her Met Gala Debut in Vintage 1990 Chanel Punctuating the parade of famous famous are unshowy reminders that Avedon pushed the envelope, not only in the medium of photography, but also in the fight for progress. Vogue, 23 Jan. 2024 As other scholars have noted, images like this one coincided with a growing distaste for fake, look-at-me bourgeois society; there was a hunger for good, plain people absorbed in plain, unshowy things, inviting viewers to forget themselves, too. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2023 Even the camera, which generally serves the story in as fluid and unshowy a way as possible, can’t help but be magnetized by the sheer dynamism of Foxx’s screen presence. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Baker and her director, the superb and unshowy James Macdonald, share a grasp of tempo and dynamic so assured and expertly patient that your heartbeat at the end of Infinite Life’s intermission-less hour and three-quarters may well belie the fact that no one onstage has ever raised their voice. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2023 Sparkes draws a quiet, unshowy performance from Lefler as an innocent who’s trying to sort out truth from lies, and who feels a sense of responsibility and importance beyond her years, along with dispiriting guilt when her powers fail her. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2023 Schrader’s directorial manner is tightly restrained, spare and unshowy, not even conspicuous in its austerity, but marked by a sleek and fragile tension that suggests a volcano that’s ready to blow just beneath the surface. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unshowy was in 1838

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“Unshowy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshowy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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