[ uhn-bi-kuhm-ing ]
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  1. 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

synonym study For unbecoming

See improper.

Other words for unbecoming

Other words from unbecoming

  • un·be·com·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·be·com·ing·ness, noun

Words Nearby unbecoming

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British Dictionary definitions for unbecoming


/ (ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ) /

  1. unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractive: an unbecoming hat

  2. (when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object) not proper or seemly (for): manners unbecoming a lady

Derived forms of unbecoming

  • unbecomingly, adverb
  • unbecomingness, noun

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