- 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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Examples from the Web for unsavoury
Unsavoury as it is below, there is cheerfulness, and comfort, and hard, honest work above.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
All this unsavoury story might as well have been left where it was.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
It does not linger to corrupt the mind with an unsavoury after-flavour.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Elizabeth had no desire to go into such an unsavoury question.Messengers of Evil
With this unsavoury acquisition on my lap I resumed my seat.Eighteen Months' Imprisonment
The savages eat their flesh, but which has an unsavoury taste.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10)
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
- objectionable or distastefulan unsavoury character
- disagreeable in odour or taste
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Word Origin and History for unsavoury
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