adjective Date: 13th century 1. insipid, tasteless 2. a. unpleasant to taste or smell b. disagreeable, distasteful <
an unsavory assignment
; especially morally offensive <
unsavory business practices

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  • unsavory — [adj] revolting, sickening acid, bitter, bland, disagreeable, distasteful, dull, flavorless, gross*, icky*, insipid, lousy, nasty, nauseating, no good*, objectionable, obnoxious, offensive, rancid, rank, raunchy*, repellent, repugnant, repulsive …   New thesaurus

  • unsavory — [unsā′vər ē] adj. 1. Obs. without flavor; tasteless 2. unpleasant to taste or smell 3. unpleasant or offensive, esp. so as to seem immoral unsavorily adv. unsavoriness n …   English World dictionary

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  • unsavory — adjective 1) unsavory portions of food Syn: unpalatable, unappetizing, distasteful, disagreeable, unappealing, repugnant, off putting, unattractive; inedible, uneatable, disgusting, revolting, nauseating, sickening, foul, raunchy …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • unsavory — un•sa•vor•y [[t]ʌnˈseɪ və ri[/t]] adj. 1) not savory; tasteless or insipid: an unsavory meal[/ex] 2) unpleasant in taste or smell; distasteful 3) unappealing or disagreeable, as a pursuit or task 4) socially or morally objectionable or offensive …   From formal English to slang

  • unsavory — adjective 1. not pleasing in odor or taste • Syn: ↑distasteful, ↑unsavoury • Similar to: ↑unpalatable • Derivationally related forms: ↑unsavoriness, ↑distastefulness ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • unsavory — adjective /ʌnˈseɪv.ə(ɹ)i/ a) Not savory; without flavor. His unsavory reputation as a mobster came back to haunt him when he ran for mayor of New York. b) Of bad taste; distasteful …   Wiktionary

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