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  1. not English; not characteristic of the English.
  2. not conforming to standard, accepted, or native English language usage.
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Examples from the Web for un-english

Historical Examples of un-english

  • I hope they will; for Christmas-day without a turkey will be very un-English.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat

  • To dictate to a man to whom he was to pay wages was, in the last degree, un-English.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • It was un-English, and both of them felt a little ashamed of themselves afterwards.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • With the ominous and in every sense un-English superscription, Ad Clerum.

  • Hands off, therefore, all European peoples speaking with an un-English tongue!

Word Origin and History for un-english



"lacking in qualities regarded as typically English," 1630s, from un- (1) "not" + English (1).

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