I. adjective Date: 14th century not seemly: as a. not according with established standards of good form or taste <
unseemly bickering
b. not suitable for time or place ; inappropriate, unseasonable Synonyms: see indecorousunseemliness noun II. adverb Date: 14th century in an unseemly manner

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • unseemly — early 14c., unfitting, indecent, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + SEEMLY (Cf. seemly). Cf. O.N. usoemiligr …   Etymology dictionary

  • unseemly — *indecorous, improper, unbecoming, indecent, indelicate Analogous words: unfitting, unsuitable, inappropriate (see UNFIT): incongruous, incompatible, inconsistent, *inconsonant Antonyms: seemly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • unseemly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of behaviour or actions) not proper or appropriate. DERIVATIVES unseemliness noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • unseemly — adj. (formal) unseemly to + inf. (it was unseemly of them to show up at the reception without an invitation) * * * [ʌn siːmlɪ] (formal) unseemly to + inf. (it was unseemly of them to show up at the reception without an invitation) …   Combinatory dictionary

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