- detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly: an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
Origin of unbecoming
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unapt, unsuitable, unfit. See improper.
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Examples from the Web for unbecomingly
I would not wish to be unbecomingly attired on so joyous an occasion.Quaint Courtships
Why did you come so mysteriously, and, I must say, unbecomingly?The Hand of Ethelberta
For just look at the reveller Alcibiades, how unbecomingly he behaves.
They have grown older, some gracefully, some under protest, some most unbecomingly.Don Orsino
F. Marion Crawford
We learn with sorrow, that our curate has confessed to unbecomingly behaviour, and that he has been seen even kissing.
- unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractivean unbecoming hat
- (when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object) not proper or seemly (for)manners unbecoming a lady
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Word Origin and History for unbecomingly
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