- not reputable; having or causing a bad reputation; discreditable
- not fit to be seen; dirty, shabby, etc.
The definition of disreputable is lacking respectability or shabby.
A hotel known for allowing criminal activity to go on in its rooms is an example of a disreputable hotel.
Lacking respectability, as in character, behavior, or appearance.
- dis·rep′u·ta·bil′i·ty dis·rep′u·ta·ble·ness
(comparative more disreputable, superlative most disreputable)
- A person who is not reputable.
- Parkside was nothing more than an innocent battleground for disreputable elements of our society, at war with one another.
- At one time a well-known theatre, it had degenerated into a disreputable haunt where nothing but the lowest melodramas were played.
- The decennium extending from 1550 to 1560 was the good period of Ivan IV.'s reign, when he deliberately broke away from his disreputable past and surrounded himself with good men of lowly origin.
- These orders are of very ancient date, owing their establishment to the ancient Hindu rule, followed by the Buddhists, that each "twice-born" man should lead in the woods the life of an ascetic. The second class of Fakirs are simply disreputable beggars who wander round extorting, under the guise of religion, alms from the charitable and practising on the superstitions of the villagers.
- When James came to the throne the term suburbs had a bad name, as all those disreputable persons who could find no shelter in the city itself settled in these outlying districts.