unbecoming

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From un- +‎ becoming. Compare Middle English unbicomelich (unbecoming).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌʌnbɪˈkʌmɪŋ/

AdjectiveEdit

unbecoming (comparative more unbecoming, superlative most unbecoming)

  1. Not flattering, attractive or appropriate.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 3, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 25:
      A very small expensive black toque was hideously unbecoming to the yellow, toad-like face beneath it.
    • 2017 July 12, Moe! Ninja Girls (in English), Japan: NTT Solmare, iOS, Android, scene: Season 7, Chapter 7, Part 2:
      ― Lily: “Don’t stare so much. It’s unbecoming. It makes you look like a country bumpkin.”
    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.

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VerbEdit

unbecoming

  1. present participle of unbecome

NounEdit

unbecoming (plural unbecomings)

  1. The process by which something unbecomes.
    • 2007, Una Chung, Contagion of Living:
      By tracing the turns from U.S. to Japan to China, we can see that becoming American, the classic ethnic American narrative, itself opens to further becomings and unbecomings and rebecomings that address mobility and ethnicization []

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