characterized or marked by dignity of aspect or manner; stately; decorous: dignified conduct.

Origin of dignified

First recorded in 1660–70; dignify + -ed2
Related formsdig·ni·fied·ly [dig-nuh-fahyd-lee, -fahy-id-] /ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪd li, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-/, adverbdig·ni·fied·ness, nounqua·si-dig·ni·fied, adjectiveun·dig·ni·fied, adjectiveun·dig·ni·fied·ly, adverb

Synonyms for dignified

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Examples from the Web for undignified

Contemporary Examples of undignified

Historical Examples of undignified

  • Joking is undignified; that is why it is so good for one's soul.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • That's the most undignified thing ever I see Heman Atkins do.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And even now it was held to be undignified to swerve from that doctrine.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • Booted and spurred, he scrambled into the hammock with undignified haste.

  • "It was all there," but all unseemly, ungraceful, undignified; for Polly Dill was pretty.


    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for undignified



lacking in dignity



characterized by dignity of manner or appearance; stately
Derived Formsdignifiedly, adverbdignifiedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undignified

1680s, of clergy, "not holding a position of dignity," from un- (1) "not" + dignified. Meaning "lacking in dignity of manner" is attested from 1782.



past participle adjective from dignify; 1660s in sense "ranking as a dignitary;" 1812 in sense "having a dignified manner."

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