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[uhn-ing-glish] /ʌnˈɪŋ glɪʃ/
not English; not characteristic of the English.
not conforming to standard, accepted, or native English language usage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I hope they will; for Christmas-day without a turkey will be very un-English.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat
  • To dictate to a man to whom he was to pay wages was, in the last degree, un-English.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • It was un-English, and both of them felt a little ashamed of themselves afterwards.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • With the ominous and in every sense un-English superscription, Ad Clerum.

  • Hands off, therefore, all European peoples speaking with an un-English tongue!

  • Yet he was as hopelessly un-French as a Welshman of the hills is to this day un-English.


    John Galsworthy
  • Was his hair cut in a way so un-English that it had paralyzed him?

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • In his general type of culture Nietzsche was very un-English.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • There is nothing American or Colonial about her, but she is curiously un-English.

    Passing By Maurice Baring
  • It is a remarkably un-English design, and it is singular that it became so fashionable.

    Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden
Word Origin and History for un-English

"lacking in qualities regarded as typically English," 1630s, from un- (1) "not" + English (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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