not pretentious; modest; without ostentatious display; plain: his unpretentious demeanor; an unpretentious summer resort.

Origin of unpretentious

First recorded in 1855–60; un-1 + pretentious
Related formsun·pre·ten·tious·ly, adverbun·pre·ten·tious·ness, noun

Synonyms for unpretentious

humble, unpretending, plain, open, easy.
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Examples from the Web for unpretentious

Contemporary Examples of unpretentious

Historical Examples of unpretentious

  • Decent, unpretentious folks, somewhat new, but with loads of money.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It was a roomy two-storied house, unpretentious, but very capacious.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Unpretentious buildings they were, of wood or brick, one-story and rambling.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • Nor did it vary externally from any of its unpretentious neighbors.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Something also it owed to its unpretentious yet practical and utilitarian character.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

British Dictionary definitions for unpretentious



not making claim to distinction or importance undeservedly
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Word Origin and History for unpretentious

1859, from un- (1) "not" + pretentious. Related: Unpretentiously; unpretentiousness.

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