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unseemly

[uhn-seem-lee] /ʌnˈsim li/
adjective, unseemlier, unseemliest.
1.
not seemly; not in keeping with established standards of taste or proper form; unbecoming or indecorous in appearance, speech, conduct, etc.:
an unseemly act; unseemly behavior.
2.
inappropriate for time or place:
an unseemly hour.
adverb
3.
in an unseemly manner.
Origin of unseemly
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at un-1, seemly
Related forms
unseemliness, noun
Synonyms
1. unbefitting, inappropriate. See improper.
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  • Let's settle on it now, so as to have no unseemly wrangle when the waiter comes.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • Speak not with unseemly levity of the mysteries of the toilet,' he cried.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Do as I would, I could not restrain him from these unseemly shouts.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • And once more, the inharmonious and unseemly nature can only tend to disproportion?

    The Republic Plato
  • Could it be the new footman indulging in this unseemly mirth?

British Dictionary definitions for unseemly

unseemly

/ʌnˈsiːmlɪ/
adjective
1.
not in good style or taste; unbecoming
2.
(obsolete) unattractive
adverb
3.
(rare) in an unseemly manner
Derived Forms
unseemliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unseemly
adj.

early 14c., "unfitting, indecent," from un- (1) "not" + seemly. Cf. Old Norse usoemiligr.

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