not reputable; having a bad reputation: a disreputable barroom.
discreditable; dishonorable.
shabby or shoddy; of poor quality or condition: disreputable clothes.

Origin of disreputable

First recorded in 1765–75; dis-1 + reputable
Related formsdis·rep·u·ta·bil·i·ty, dis·rep·u·ta·ble·ness, noundis·rep·u·ta·bly, adverb

Synonyms for disreputable

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Contemporary Examples of disreputable

Historical Examples of disreputable

  • I mean the mounted and disreputable portion, not the decent infantry.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • They spoke of him as "he," and as leading a painfully worthless and disreputable life.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • I hope you don't think it is disreputable to belong to a good newspaper?'

  • You have to visit your disreputable cousin on the sly, have you?

  • Its voice was not the trumpeting of the disreputable goddess we all know—not blatant—not brazen.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for disreputable



having or causing a lack of repute
disordered in appearance
Derived Formsdisreputability or disreputableness, noundisreputably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disreputable

1710 (implied in disreputableness); see dis- + reputable. Related: Disreputably.

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