Unhandsome

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unhandsome Not handsome; not beautiful; ungraceful; not comely or pleasing; plain; homely. "Were she other than she is, she were unhandsome .""I can not admit that there is anything unhandsome or irregular . . . in the globe."
    • Unhandsome Unhandy; clumsy; awkward; inconvenient. "The ships were unwieldy and unhandsome .""A narrow, straight path by the water's side, very unhandsome for an army to pass that way, though they found not a man to keep the passage."
    • Unhandsome Wanting noble or amiable qualities; dishonorable; illiberal; low; disingenuous; mean; indecorous; as, unhandsome conduct, treatment, or imputations. "Unhandsome pleasures."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unhandsome Not well adapted for being handled or used; inconvenient; awkward; untoward; unmanageable; unhandy.
    • unhandsome Not handsome; not good-looking; not well-formed; not beautiful.
    • unhandsome Not generous or decorous; not liberal; unfair; disingenuous; mean; unbecoming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unhandsome un-han′sum not handsome, ill-made: unbecoming in action, ungracious: clumsy, inconvenient
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Usage

In literature:

It's a deuced unhandsome world this.
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Boosting is a very unhandsome thing.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
And an unhandsome colt he was.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
But it would be unhandsome to expose them to the scoffs of the public.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2" by Thomas de Quincey
Very unhandsome on the part of Doctor Plausible!
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Unhandsome notions were thrown out about "free Ameriky," as he sarcastically called his country.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
You have acted harshly and unfeelingly, and even, if, father, I may speak my sentiments more plainly, unhandsomely.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
But I have that impression of Mr. Graham that I do not think he will do anything unhandsome by us.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
But we are nearer, Gatty is in, Jenny, Oscar, the General slipped by me, and unhandsomely got in first.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
But he certainly was an unhandsome creature.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
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In poetry:

I hesitate to say it, but your spout
Is with unhandsome rivets held together —
Mute witnesses of treatment meted out
In regions nether.
"To An Old Teapot" by Fay Inchfawn
A common wayside flower it grew,
Unhandsome and unnoticed too,
Except in deprecation
That such an herb unreared by toil,
Prolific cumberer of the soil,
Defied extermination.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard