having no distinguishing marks or features.
without any claim to distinction: an undistinguished performance.
unnoticed; inconspicuous: He was an undistinguished part of the crowd.
not separated or divided, as by sets or categories.

Origin of undistinguished

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + distinguished

Synonyms for undistinguished

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Contemporary Examples of undistinguished

  • But it does signal that the status quo is up for grabs and that undistinguished pols like Cantor should be shaking in their boots.

  • When she graduated from Mount Holyoke College, leaving behind an undistinguished record, she was floundering.

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    What Wendy Knew

    Julie Salamon

    August 31, 2011

  • No doubt Chatwin's elevated sense of otherworldliness originated partly in embarrassment over his undistinguished background.

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    The Enigmatic Nomad

    Kirk Davis Swinehart

    February 26, 2011

  • Shakedowns of this kind have a long and undistinguished history.

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    Obama's Shameless BP Shakedown

    Reihan Salam

    June 19, 2010

Historical Examples of undistinguished

British Dictionary definitions for undistinguished



not particularly good or badan undistinguished career
without distinctionundistinguished features
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Word Origin and History for undistinguished

1590s, "not kept distinct," from un- (1) "not" + distinguished. Meaning "not elevated above others" is attested from 1600.

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