unseemly means not proper or appropriate. It can be used to describe something that is ugly or strange.

  • The dress was quite unseemly, with a very low neckline.

  • The performance was quite unseemly, with a lot of nudity.

Definition of unseemly


not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society


indecent, indecorous, unbecoming, uncomely, untoward

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Example Sentences for unseemly

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    Indeed, the whole discussion is unseemly.

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    It makes the table of contents look unseemly.

  • 3

    If the language was coarse and unseemly as a result, tough.

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    His hanging on is damaging to the project and unseemly.

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    I've been following this, and the edit war is unseemly.

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    This is a bit unseemly and inappropriate, but not really the end of the world.

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    To be dismissive of his encyclopedia is rather strange and unseemly.

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    It is surely unseemly to be in such haste to kill an infant in its crib.

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    It is unseemly for the candidate to question so many of the Opposing editors.

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    No respectable family would keep anything that unseemly in the house