Definition of disreputable in English:



  • Not considered to be respectable in character or appearance.

    ‘he was heavy, grubby, and vaguely disreputable’
    • ‘All of these things must surely point to him being one of the most thoroughly disreputable fellows ever to appear on the British stage, before he even opened his mouth.’
    • ‘And far be it from me to make the same disreputable charge in reverse.’
    • ‘Lane, a somewhat disreputable character, did not turn up to defend himself, and was excommunicated.’
    • ‘If she went in the back, she might come across some of the more disreputable characters that would turn her act into a reality.’
    • ‘The exploitation of sectarian disputes within a movement to discredit its members is time-honored and disreputable.’
    • ‘He also wrote some not wholly disreputable poetry.’
    • ‘The council and the police are trying to get rid of disreputable doormen, and this needs to be done.’
    • ‘The problem is severest for women, who in Colombia are held in contempt or deemed disreputable for working at all.’
    • ‘He encouraged even disreputable women to interact with him.’
    • ‘Medals can denote honorable deeds as well as ones that are questionable or disreputable.’
    • ‘This allows disreputable drivers to monopolize taxi stands, canceling out chances of customers finding a decent cab to travel home in.’
    • ‘The other is a chronic underachiever, undependable, disreputable, a thoroughly wild child.’
    • ‘He said it was worth considering licensing private military companies to encourage reputable ones and eliminate disreputable operators.’
    • ‘The American people have stubbornly refused to fall in with the idea that religion is a disreputable anachronism.’
    • ‘This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.’
    • ‘I see any business or charity that needs to use unsolicited bulk emails as a means of marketing itself, tends to be a disreputable organisation.’
    • ‘I wish to make it clear that I do not for one moment suggest that any member of the board is or has been guilty of any dishonesty or disreputable comment.’
    • ‘For other sports, cricket makes for a perfectly disreputable villain.’
    • ‘Some economists do, however, take sides in a most disreputable way.’
    • ‘One day, his disreputable and drunken manservant appeared at table in a yellow coat.’
    scandalous, of bad reputation, infamous, notorious, louche
    scruffy, shabby, slovenly, down at heel, seedy, untidy, unkempt, dishevelled, disordered, bedraggled, dilapidated, threadbare, tattered, sloppy
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