- not savory; tasteless or insipid: an unsavory meal.
- unpleasant in taste or smell; distasteful.
- unappealing or disagreeable, as a pursuit: Poor teachers can make education unsavory.
- socially or morally objectionable or offensive: an unsavory past; an unsavory person.
Also especially British, un·sa·vour·y.
Origin of unsavory
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1. flat, unappetizing.
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Word Origin and History for unsavory
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper