Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[pree-puh-zes-ing] /ˌpri pəˈzɛs ɪŋ/
that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive:
a confident and prepossessing young man.
Origin of prepossessing
First recorded in 1635-45; prepossess + -ing2
Related forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
unprepossessing, adjective
unprepossessingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for unprepossessing
Historical Examples
  • Despite this evidence of a hasty toilet in semidarkness, he was not unprepossessing.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Altogether it was as unprepossessing a place as I had ever seen.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Yes, and her mother, if the older woman be such, is not at all unprepossessing.

  • This, from their unprepossessing appearance, we were not well-disposed to do.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Beneath an unprepossessing exterior she has a heart of gold.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • She was very plain in person, and unprepossessing in manners.

  • The men are tall and powerful, and the women not unprepossessing.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • In the hall he saw her woman, the tall woman with the unprepossessing face.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • Already I had forgotten the unprepossessing garb of the outer man.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • His face was stolid, but not unprepossessing; his bearing, quiet and reserved.

    Quintus Oakes Charles Ross Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for unprepossessing


not creating a favourable impression; unattractive


creating a favourable impression; attractive
Derived Forms
prepossessingly, adverb
prepossessingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unprepossessing

1816, from un- (1) "not" + prepossessing.



1640s, "causing prejudice," present participle adjective from prepossess. Opposite meaning "causing agreeable first impression" first recorded 1805.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prepossessing

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unprepossessing

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for unprepossessing