[ in-dek-er-uhs, in-di-kawr-uhs, -kohr- ]
/ ɪnˈdɛk ər əs, ˌɪn dɪˈkɔr əs, -ˈkoʊr- /


not decorous; violating generally accepted standards of good taste or propriety; unseemly.

Origin of indecorous

From the Latin word indecōrus, dating back to 1670–80. See in-3, decorous
Related formsin·dec·o·rous·ly, adverbin·dec·o·rous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indecorous


/ (ɪnˈdɛkərəs) /


improper or ungraceful; unseemly
Derived Formsindecorously, adverbindecorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for indecorous



1670s, from Latin indecorus "unbecoming, unseemly, unsightly," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + decorus "becoming, fitting, seemly, proper" (see decorous). Related: Indecorously; indecorousness.

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