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unseemly

[uhn-seem-lee]
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adjective, un·seem·li·er, un·seem·li·est.
  1. not seemly; not in keeping with established standards of taste or proper form; unbecoming or indecorous in appearance, speech, conduct, etc.: an unseemly act; unseemly behavior.
  2. inappropriate for time or place: an unseemly hour.
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adverb
  1. in an unseemly manner.
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Origin of unseemly

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at un-1, seemly
Related formsun·seem·li·ness, noun

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Related Words for unseemly

untoward, tawdry, indecent, inappropriate, undignified, cheap, coarse, crude, disreputable, inapt, incorrect, indecorous, indelicate, inelegant, inept, malapropos, malodorous, poor, raffish, rough

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British Dictionary definitions for unseemly

unseemly

adjective
  1. not in good style or taste; unbecoming
  2. obsolete unattractive
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adverb
  1. rare in an unseemly manner
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Derived Formsunseemliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unseemly

adj.

early 14c., "unfitting, indecent," from un- (1) "not" + seemly. Cf. Old Norse usoemiligr.

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