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[uhn-bi-kuhm-ing] /ˌʌn bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ/
detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly:
an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
Origin of unbecoming
1590-1600; un-1 + becoming
Related forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
unapt, unsuitable, unfit. See improper. Unabridged
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  • She had a very bad cold, unbecoming, complicated with fits of sneezing, a cold in the "three handkerchiefs an hour" stage.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • In her opinion the violin was an unbecoming instrument for young women.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Because he who will dance on a rope will be alone, and I will gather a stronger mob of people who will say that it is unbecoming.

    Pascal's Penses Blaise Pascal
  • Foma uttered some violent, unbecoming invectives and became silent.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • A taste for sculpture and painting is, in my mind, as becoming as a taste for fiddling and piping is unbecoming, a man of fashion.

  • It was evidently discreet not to surrender with unbecoming eagerness.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • I have mentioned already that he considered that as unbecoming in a man of education; but there were other reasons also.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • No, it would be unbecoming for me to make the first advance.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming


unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractive: an unbecoming hat
when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object. not proper or seemly (for): manners unbecoming a lady
Derived Forms
unbecomingly, adverb
unbecomingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unbecoming

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + becoming "fitting."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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