un·​spec·​tac·​u·​lar | \ ˌən-spek-ˈta-kyə-lər How to pronounce unspectacular (audio) , -spək-\

Definition of unspectacular

: not spectacular or special : ordinary a good but unspectacular performance

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unspectacularly adverb

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Almora has been reliable, if unspectacular, for the Cubs over the past three seasons. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' high-school outfielder bet could pay off big, or be costly," 7 June 2019 One of baseball’s fastest men (right up there with Buxton and Billy Hamilton), Turner marries game-changing speed with line drives for days and solid if unspectacular defense at shortstop. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "SI's Top 100 MLB Players of 2018: Nos. 50–21," 12 Feb. 2018 In a bear market, investors tend to flock to companies like banks that have unspectacular but steady profit growth for safety. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Banks Come Off Best in Ugly Year for Chinese Stocks," 29 Nov. 2018 San Antonio has instead relied on steady, unspectacular growth, with fewer booms—or busts. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 Clemens played sparingly, with 17 of his 21 (mostly unspectacular) NFL starts compressed into two seasons. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL's second-round QBs since 2000: Is Christian Hackenberg biggest bust?," 14 June 2018 Democrats look set to have a solid but unspectacular House majority. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and 2 losers from the 2018 midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 The message is that growth prospects are unspectacular but fine, and far better than the signal coming from the rest of the world, where many cyclical stocks are down. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Stocks and Bonds Share a Story: Don’t Bet on a Boom," 30 Aug. 2018 The result: a solid but unspectacular ride for those with an itch for a midsize SUV and $70,000+ to spend. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "All SUV, all of the time: The Range Rover Sport reviewed," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of unspectacular

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unspectacular was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of unspectacular

: not spectacular or special

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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