AskDefine | Define unbecoming

Dictionary Definition

unbecoming adj
1 considered inappropriate for or unattractive on a particular person; "an unbecoming style"
2 not in keeping with accepted standards of what is right or proper in polite society; "was buried with indecent haste"; "indecorous behavior"; "language unbecoming to a lady"; "unseemly to use profanity"; "moved to curb their untoward ribaldry" [syn: indecent, indecorous, uncomely, unseemly, untoward]

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  1. Not flattering, attractive or appropriate.
    She wore a rather unbecoming hairstyle.
  2. Not in keeping with the expected standards of one's position.
    He was accused of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.


not attractive
not in keeping with expected standards

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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