[uhn-ser-uh-moh-nee-uh s]
  1. discourteously abrupt; hasty; rude: He made an unceremonious departure in the middle of my speech.
  2. without ceremony or formalities; informal.

Origin of unceremonious

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + ceremonious
Related formsun·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ly, adverbun·cer·e·mo·ni·ous·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of unceremoniously

Historical Examples of unceremoniously

  • She went in unceremoniously; it was one of her favorite visiting-places.

    Gloria and Treeless Street

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • It was Mr. Bloomer who had re-entered the room and was received so unceremoniously.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • While he was still urging them, Crispin unceremoniously seized his bridle.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • If this now were she, the partner he had so unceremoniously summoned to his side.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • How he wondered what the man wanted, and how unceremoniously he got rid of him.

British Dictionary definitions for unceremoniously


  1. without ceremony; informal, abrupt, rude, or undignified
Derived Formsunceremoniously, adverbunceremoniousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unceremoniously



1580s, from un- (1) "not" + ceremonious. Related: Unceremoniously.

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