un·​spec·​tac·​u·​lar ˌən-spek-ˈta-kyə-lər How to pronounce unspectacular (audio)
: not spectacular or special : ordinary
a good but unspectacular performance
unspectacularly adverb

Examples of unspectacular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our triumphs over these will be unspectacular: perhaps tomorrow the discovery of an improved form of birth control, next year the development of a high-yield strain of rice. Will Stephenson, Harper's Magazine, 16 Aug. 2023 How a reunion between the former teammates, who were each coming off solid but unspectacular 2022 seasons, could result in bounce-back performances for each. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2023 After registering a solid but unspectacular .784 OPS against southpaws in 2021, Refsnyder emerged as a potent option for manager Alex Cora as a righthanded bat during the 2022 season with a 1.005 OPS against lefties. Varun Shankar, BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2023 Justin Holiday, shooting guard, 2019-2022 After a solid but unspectacular career at Washington, Holiday broke into the NBA on a 10-day contract with Philadelphia in 2013. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 29 May 2023 That was a decent week-on-week hold, representing a drop of only 32% from its debut weekend, following a solid but unspectacular start. Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 May 2023 The 2019 first-rounder also got his feet wet last season, but the results were unspectacular – perhaps due to the lingering effects of shoulder surgery. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 3 May 2023 Sánchez has been steady, if unspectacular. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 14 Mar. 2021 So far, so unspectacular—whale strandings are sadly all-too-common on New Zealand’s beaches, and everyone thought the pair were Gray’s beaked whales, the most common strandees. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unspectacular was in 1926

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“Unspectacular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspectacular. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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