adjective Date: 1598 not becoming <
an unbecoming dress
; especially not according with the standards appropriate to one's position or condition of life <
unbecoming conduct
Synonyms: see indecorousunbecomingly adverbunbecomingness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Unbecoming — Un be*com ing, a. [Pref. un not + becoming.] Not becoming; unsuitable; unfit; indecorous; improper. [1913 Webster] My grief lets unbecoming speeches fall. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Un be*com ing*ly}, adv. {Un be*com ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unbecoming — I adjective awkward, degrading, dishonorable, disreputable, graceless, improper, in bad taste, inapposite, inappropriate, incongruous, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, indecorus, indelicate, indignus, infelicitous, offensive, out of keeping, out… …   Law dictionary

  • unbecoming — (adj.) 1590s, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + BECOMING (Cf. becoming) fitting …   Etymology dictionary

  • unbecoming — *indecorous, improper, unseemly, indecent, indelicate Analogous words: unfitting, inappropriate, unsuitable (see UNFIT): inept, *awkward, maladroit, gauche, clumsy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • unbecoming — [adj] improper, unsuitable awkward, clumsy, discreditable, gauche, ill suited, inappropriate, inapt, incongruous, indecent, indecorous, indelicate, inept, maladroit, malapropos, offensive, rough, salacious, tacky*, tasteless, unattractive,… …   New thesaurus

  • unbecoming — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (especially of clothing) not flattering. 2) not fitting; unseemly. DERIVATIVES unbecomingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • unbecoming — [un΄bē kum′iŋ] adj. not appropriate or suited to one s appearance, status, character, etc.; unattractive, indecorous, etc. SYN. IMPROPER unbecomingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • unbecoming — adj. unbecoming of; to (conduct unbecoming to an officer = conduct unbecoming an officer) * * * [ˌʌnbɪ kʌmɪŋ] to (conduct unbecoming to an officer = conduct unbecoming an officer) unbecoming of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • unbecoming — [[t]ʌ̱nbɪkʌ̱mɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe things such as clothes as unbecoming, you mean that they look unattractive. [OLD FASHIONED] ...the unbecoming dress hurriedly stitched from cheap cloth. Ant: becoming 2) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ to/of …   English dictionary

  • unbecoming — un|be|com|ing [ˌʌnbıˈkʌmıŋ] adj old fashioned 1.) clothes that are unbecoming make you look unattractive = ↑unflattering 2.) behaviour that is unbecoming is shocking or unsuitable unbecoming to ▪ conduct unbecoming to a teacher …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • unbecoming — adjective old fashioned 1 clothes that are unbecoming do not make you look attractive: a blouse in an unbecoming green color 2 behaviour that is unbecoming is shocking or unsuitable (+ to): conduct unbecoming to a teacher …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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