[ dis-rep-yuh-tuh-buhl ]

  1. not reputable; having a bad reputation: a disreputable barroom.

  1. shabby or shoddy; of poor quality or condition: disreputable clothes.

Origin of disreputable

First recorded in 1765–75; dis-1 + reputable

Other words for disreputable

Other words from disreputable

  • dis·rep·u·ta·bil·i·ty, dis·rep·u·ta·ble·ness, noun
  • dis·rep·u·ta·bly, adverb

Words Nearby disreputable

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How to use disreputable in a sentence

  • With horror she had heard her brother addressed by a disreputable costermonger in a mangy fur cap, as "Old pal."

  • Indeed it took nearly a couple of years to weed out the disreputable members of this body.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • He would form a circle of disreputable youths, for whose drinks Sogrange was called upon to pay.

    The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Beside Clipperton was a disreputable little Mexican with gold rings in his ears.

  • Its latter days were dreary, down-at-heel, and disreputable enough.

    Art in England | Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for disreputable


/ (dɪsˈrɛpjʊtəbəl) /

  1. having or causing a lack of repute

  2. disordered in appearance

Derived forms of disreputable

  • disreputability or disreputableness, noun
  • disreputably, adverb

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