un·​showy | \ ˌən-ˈshō-ē How to pronounce unshowy (audio) \
unshowier; unshowiest

Definition of unshowy

: not tending or intended to draw attention : not showy a quiet, unshowy performance

Examples of unshowy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the movies, both shot by cinematographer Ki Jin Kim, are of a piece in their emotional nuance and unshowy sense of place. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The moving drama ‘Driveways’ features a superb Brian Dennehy in one of his last roles," 6 May 2020 Altogether, Rakastella was the Miami festival for those seeking an atypical Art Basel week festival, where VIP sections were unshowy and where the ambience, music and site operated in harmony. Annabel Ross, Billboard, "The Best of Rakastella 2019, an Oceanside Alternative to Art Basel Miami," 9 Dec. 2019 With breathtaking deliberation and quiet, unshowy mastery, [Aster] spins a devastating portrait of an American family in sudden, inexplicable decline . Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: For the whole family with 'Hereditary,' 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' and 'Hearts Beat Loud'," 10 June 2018 Soprano Jamie Chamberlin sang the demanding high tessitura role of Isolde with unshowy reserve. Rick Schultz, latimes.com, "'The Love Potion': Tristan and Isolde, the Long Beach Opera way," 16 May 2018 If that all sounds vaguely gory and Hollywood, please read it, once, twice, three times, because Trevor’s genius is varied, unshowy and profound. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018 This is a hotel for grownups that manages to be at once grandly historical and unshowy. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Europe," 1 May 2018 Hickok and Eleanor shared political and social ideas, but their personalities were very different: Eleanor was modest and unshowy, well educated and from polite society. Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek, "'White Houses' Author Amy Bloom on Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's Secret Love Affair," 14 Mar. 2018 Yet those who know him describe a man of unshowy modesty and collegiality, with little discernible pretension. Washington Post, "What Powell brings to Fed post: A gift for forging consensus," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of unshowy

1838, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2020

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“Unshowy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unshowy. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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