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[uhn-uh-soo-ming] /ˌʌn əˈsu mɪŋ/
modest; unpretentious.
Origin of unassuming
First recorded in 1720-30; un-1 + assuming
Related forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun Unabridged
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  • The unassuming figure of the young man under the trellis stood still, swaying only slightly from side to side.

    The Wishing Moon Louise Elizabeth Dutton
  • With us, to be vain is a fault, and we are taught to be modest and unassuming.

    Policeman Bluejay L. Frank Baum
  • He was a graduate of West Point, and seems a remarkably zealous officer, besides being very modest and unassuming in his manners.

    Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  • It is an honour from which, being an unassuming man, I shrink.

  • He was slight in frame and below the medium height, and unassuming in manner.

    The Abolitionists John F. Hume
British Dictionary definitions for unassuming


modest or unpretentious
Derived Forms
unassumingly, adverb
unassumingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unassuming

"unpretentious," 1726, from un- (1) "not" + infinitive of assume.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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