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  1. detracting from one's appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly: an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language.
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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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Examples from the Web for unbecomingly

Historical Examples

  • I would not wish to be unbecomingly attired on so joyous an occasion.

    Quaint Courtships


  • Why did you come so mysteriously, and, I must say, unbecomingly?

  • For just look at the reveller Alcibiades, how unbecomingly he behaves.

  • They have grown older, some gracefully, some under protest, some most unbecomingly.

    Don Orsino

    F. Marion Crawford

  • We learn with sorrow, that our curate has confessed to unbecomingly behaviour, and that he has been seen even kissing.

British Dictionary definitions for unbecomingly


  1. unsuitable or inappropriate, esp through being unattractivean unbecoming hat
  2. (when postpositive, usually foll by of or an object) not proper or seemly (for)manners unbecoming a lady
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Derived Formsunbecomingly, adverbunbecomingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unbecomingly



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

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