[ uhn-han-suhm ]
See synonyms for unhandsome on Thesaurus.com
  1. lacking good looks; not attractive in physical appearance; plain or ugly.

  2. ungracious; discourteous; unseemly: an unhandsome exchange of epithets.

  1. ungenerous; illiberal: an unhandsome reward.

Origin of unhandsome

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + handsome

Other words from unhandsome

  • un·hand·some·ly, adverb
  • un·hand·some·ness, noun

Words Nearby unhandsome

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How to use unhandsome in a sentence

  • He had been made welcome to that house, and therefore he was bound to do nothing unhandsome by the family.

    Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
  • But then he was bound by other laws, equally clear, to do nothing unhandsome by any other family—or by any other lady.

    Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
  • Without even knocking at the door there noiselessly entered our northern home two large, unhandsome Indians.

    Algonquin Indian Tales | Egerton R. Young
  • You understand it not, and to your ears 'twill goe like an unshod cart upon the stones, only a rough unhandsome sound.

  • Does it seem cold and unhandsome, this specular survey of persons?

    Tablets | Amos Bronson Alcott