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  1. modest; unpretentious.
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Origin of unassuming

First recorded in 1720–30; un-1 + assuming
Related formsun·as·sum·ing·ly, adverbun·as·sum·ing·ness, noun
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Related Words for unassuming

diffident, meek, self-effacing, humble, quiet, unobtrusive, modest, unpretentious, backward, bashful, lowly, mousy, plain, prim, reserved, retiring, simple, unostentatious, unambitious, unassertive

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Historical Examples of unassuming

  • His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.

  • The uniform of these riders of the western plains was unassuming.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He is sincere, and he is unassuming, a good friend, and a tolerant enemy.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • I believe they are always natural, and unassuming, and sincere.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • Mrs de Barral was an equable, unassuming woman, at that time.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for unassuming


  1. modest or unpretentious
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Derived Formsunassumingly, adverbunassumingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unassuming


"unpretentious," 1726, from un- (1) "not" + infinitive of assume.

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