[os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n-] ||
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser.
(of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.
Related formsos·ten·ta·tious·ly, adverbos·ten·ta·tious·ness, nounun·os·ten·ta·tious, adjectiveun·os·ten·ta·tious·ly, adverb
Synonyms for ostentatious
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Related Words for unostentatiousunpretentious
Examples from the Web for unostentatious
Historical Examples of unostentatious
His generosity to brother artists in need was splendid, but quiet and unostentatious.
Unostentatious in her work, yet such service cannot escape comment.
“She is my ideal of unostentatious respectability,” answered MacShaughnassy.
By nature he was a democrat, plain, simple, and unostentatious.
Table appointments at this time were most simple and unostentatious.
British Dictionary definitions for unostentatious
Derived Formsostentatiously, adverb
characterized by pretentious, showy, or vulgar display
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Word Origin and History for unostentatious
1701, from ostentation + -ous. Earlier in a similar sense were ostentative (c.1600); ostentive (1590s). Related: Ostentatiously; ostentatiousness (1650s).
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