- 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.
- inappropriate for time or place: an unseemly hour.
- in an unseemly manner.
Origin of unseemly
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1. unbefitting, inappropriate. See improper.
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Examples from the Web for unseemly
Dean Naoum, for one, thinks the conflict has reduced the city to an unseemly spectacle.The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem More Divided Than Ever
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Only the unworldly could still think this was, at its worst, only an unseemly platonic relationship rather than a serious bonding.Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
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But it betrays a stunning lack of historical awareness and an unseemly lack of faith.The Chicken Littles Are Wrong: Environmental Regulations Always Spur Innovation
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Loud, overbearing, and unseemly, he is the very personification of the human id in a mock turtleneck and gold chain.‘Ray Donovan’: Is the Liev Schreiber–Led Showtime Drama The Next ‘Sopranos’?
June 28, 2013
So is it unseemly to therefore flip it back to the Dems and ask, “Whither go the bros?”Do Democrats Care About Men?
October 16, 2012
Let's settle on it now, so as to have no unseemly wrangle when the waiter comes.One Day's Courtship
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
Could it be the new footman indulging in this unseemly mirth?
- not in good style or taste; unbecoming
- obsolete unattractive
- rare in an unseemly manner
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Word Origin and History for unseemly
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