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 formsun·be·com·ing·ly, adverbun·be·com·ing·ness, noun

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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 Formsunbecomingly, adverbunbecomingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbecoming

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + becoming "fitting."

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