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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Other Words from unspectacular

unspectacularly adverb

Examples of unspectacular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quarterback Derek Carr has been solid, if unspectacular, and now the team needs to decide what to do at the team’s most important position. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 17 winners, losers: 49ers have playoff squad to fear, Patriots stumble in finale," 31 Dec. 2019 The veteran netminder has been consistent and solid, but unspectacular on the road. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings odds, picks and best bets," 22 Dec. 2019 But a solid if unspectacular technocrat with extensive management experience may be exactly what the Bank needs. The Economist, "Old Lady, New Bailey In Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England gets a technocratic new boss," 20 Dec. 2019 Perez went an unspectacular 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA for the Twins last year. BostonGlobe.com, "SAN DIEGO — On Thursday, the Red Sox featured pitcher David Price in a tweet intended to promote ticket packages for the 2020 season. The choice seemed an odd one given that the team spent the just-concluded Winter Meetings actively seeking a trade partner for the lefthander.," 14 Dec. 2019 Mamula was a defensive end who had a respectable if unspectacular college career at Boston College. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, "How the NFL separates good from great when evaluating talent," 24 Oct. 2019 At the same time, both economic and population growth concentrated in av ever-smaller number of cities have pushed even unspectacular housing out of the reach of many people. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Million-dollar homes aren't the mansions they used to be," 16 Oct. 2019 But his first career playoff start, in the previous round against the Minnesota Twins, was unspectacular. James Wagner, New York Times, "How the Yankees Beat the Astros in Game 5 of the A.L.C.S.," 18 Oct. 2019 Ins: Marnick Vermijl, Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez, Bebe Outs: Ben Foster, Tom Heaton, Zoran Tosic, David Gray, Rodrigo Possebon United's transfer business in summer 2010 was unspectacular but effective. SI.com, "Ranking Every Manchester United Summer Transfer Window Since 2002," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unspectacular

1926, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2020

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“Unspectacular.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspectacular. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unspectacular

: not spectacular or special

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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