[ uhn-bi-kuhm-ing ]
/ ˌʌn bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ /


detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly: an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.

Origin of unbecoming

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + becoming

Related forms

un·be·com·ing·ly, adverbun·be·com·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming


/ (ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ) /


unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractivean unbecoming hat
(when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object) not proper or seemly (for)manners unbecoming a lady

Derived Forms

unbecomingly, adverbunbecomingness, noun
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