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[uhn-han-suh m]
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  1. lacking good looks; not attractive in physical appearance; plain or ugly.
  2. ungracious; discourteous; unseemly: an unhandsome exchange of epithets.
  3. ungenerous; illiberal: an unhandsome reward.
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Origin of unhandsome

First recorded in 1520–30; un-1 + handsome
Related formsun·hand·some·ly, adverbun·hand·some·ness, noun
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Related Words for unhandsome

untoward, unseemly, indecent, unflattering, awkward, clumsy, gauche, ill-suited, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, indecorous, indelicate, inept, maladroit, malapropos, offensive, rough, salacious, tacky

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Historical Examples of unhandsome

  • But it would be unhandsome to expose them to the scoffs of the public.'

    The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2

    Thomas de Quincey

  • He is only coward in this, that he dares not do an unhandsome action.

  • Their faces appeared not unhandsome, but longer than those of other spirits.

  • He was small and dumpy and unhandsome, with the dead-white face of a man cook.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • How evident is "the trail of the serpent" over features not unhandsome!