- Not savory; without flavor.
- Of bad taste; distasteful.
- Making an activity undesirable.
- Disreputable, not respectable, of questionable moral character.
- His unsavory reputation as a mobster came back to haunt him when he ran for mayor of New York.
- Nouns to which "unsavory" is often applied: reputation, character, aspect, element, practice, friend, tactics.