- 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.
- 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.
- The class of traders who made a living by disreputable means and attempted to keep a monopoly of the island on which they settled, became notorious under the name of " beachcombers," and for each of the many dark chapters in Polynesian history there must have been many more unwritten.
- At one time a well-known theatre, it had degenerated into a disreputable haunt where nothing but the lowest melodramas were played.
- In Egypt, Amasis had the occupation of each individual annually registered, nominally to aid the official supervision of morals by discouraging disreputable means of subsistence; and this ordinance, according to Herodotus, was introduced by Solon into the Athenian scheme of administration, where it developed later into an electoral record.