Unbecoming

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 unbecoming — 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 indecorous • unbecomingly adverb • unbecomingness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 unbecoming — unbecomingly, adv. unbecomingness, n. /un bi kum ing/, adj. detracting from one s appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly: an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language. [1590 1600; UN 1 + BECOMING] Syn. unapt, unsuitable, unfit.… …

    Universalium

  • 14 unbecoming — adjective /ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ/ a) Not flattering, attractive or appropriate. She wore a rather unbecoming hairstyle. b) Not in keeping with the expected standards of ones position …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 unbecoming — un|be|com|ing [ ,ʌnbı kʌmıŋ ] adjective 1. ) FORMAL behavior that is unbecoming is inappropriate for a particular type of person: Rockwood was charged with conduct unbecoming an officer. 2. ) OLD FASHIONED not attractive in style or color …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 unbecoming — adjective 1) an unbecoming sundress Syn: unflattering, unattractive, unsightly, plain, ugly, homely, hideous; unsuitable, ill fitting Ant: flattering 2) as a representative of this state, your conduct was unbecoming …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 unbecoming — UK [ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ] / US adjective 1) formal behaviour that is unbecoming is unsuitable for a particular type of person Rockwood was charged with conduct unbecoming an officer. 2) old fashioned not attractive in style or colour …

    English dictionary

  • 18 unbecoming — un•be•com•ing [[t]ˌʌn bɪˈkʌm ɪŋ[/t]] adj. detracting from one s appearance, character, or reputation; unattractive or unseemly: an unbecoming hat; unbecoming language[/ex] • Etymology: 1590–1600 un be•com′ing•ly, adv. un be•com′ing•ness, n. syn:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 unbecoming — /ʌnbəˈkʌmɪŋ / (say unbuh kuming) adjective 1. not becoming; not appropriate; unsuited. 2. (often placed after the noun) improper; unseemly: conduct unbecoming to a gentleman. 3. (of clothing, etc.) unattractively inappropriate. –unbecomingly,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 unbecoming — Synonyms and related words: awkward, beneath one, cheap, chintzy, clumsy, debasing, degrading, demeaning, deplorable, disgraceful, gauche, gutter, humiliating, humiliative, ill adapted, ill assorted, ill chosen, ill fitted, ill matched, ill… …

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