Unhandsome Un*hand"some, a. 1. Not handsome; not beautiful; ungraceful; not comely or pleasing; plain; homely. [1913 Webster]

Were she other than she is, she were unhandsome. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I can not admit that there is anything unhandsome or irregular . . . in the globe. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

2. Wanting noble or amiable qualities; dishonorable; illiberal; low; disingenuous; mean; indecorous; as, unhandsome conduct, treatment, or imputations. ``Unhandsome pleasures.'' --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

3. Unhandy; clumsy; awkward; inconvenient. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The ships were unwieldy and unhandsome. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

A narrow, straight path by the water's side, very unhandsome for an army to pass that way, though they found not a man to keep the passage. --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster] -- {Un*hand"some*ly}, adv. -- {Un*hand"some*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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