Unseemly meaning

ŭn-sēmlē
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Not in accord with accepted standards of decency or morality.
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Not suited to the circumstances; inappropriate.

Took an unseemly amount of time to complete the project.

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Unattractive; unsightly.
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In an improper or inappropriate manner.
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Not seemly; not decent or proper; unbecoming; indecorous.
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In an unseemly manner.
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Inconsistent with established standards of good form or taste.

He was drunk and made some very unseemly comments.

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Origin of unseemly

  • From Middle English unsemli, probably from a partial translation of Old Norse úsǽmiligr (“unseemly"), equivalent to un- +"Ž seemly. Cognate with Icelandic ósæmileg (“offensive"), Norwegian usømmelig (“unseemly"), Danish usømmeligt (“unseemly").

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