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[teyst-fuh l]
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  1. having, displaying, or in accordance with good taste: tasteful clothing; a tasteful room.
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Origin of tasteful

First recorded in 1605–15; taste + -ful
Related formstaste·ful·ly, adverbtaste·ful·ness, nounun·taste·ful, adjectiveun·taste·ful·ly, adverbun·taste·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedtasteful tasty


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elegant, chic, refined, suitable, becoming.
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Examples from the Web for untasteful

Historical Examples

  • What a contrast it was to the old days of untasteful and untidy richness!

    The Story of an Untold Love

    Paul Leicester Ford

  • The French say of untasteful arrangement of hues in dress "that the colors swear at each other."

  • Fitness is the primary demand; and the dress that appears uncomfortable is untasteful.

British Dictionary definitions for untasteful


  1. indicating good tastea tasteful design
  2. a rare word for tasty
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Derived Formstastefully, adverbtastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for untasteful



1610s, "having an agreeable taste;" from taste + -ful. From 1756 as "having or showing good taste." Related: Tastefully; tastefulness.

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