Definition of inconspicuous in English:

inconspicuous

adjective

  • Not clearly visible or attracting attention.

    ‘an inconspicuous red-brick building’
    • ‘The things that affect the viewer most are often inconspicuous, undramatic.’
    • ‘But the easy music and inconspicuous action is made jarring by the fact that the man is naked.’
    • ‘It's hard to be inconspicuous when you are driving a car that advertises your recent nuptials.’
    • ‘You get to observe so much when you are travelling through random towns as an inconspicuous anonymous nobody.’
    • ‘As long as a pupil is quiet, inconspicuous and conformist, everything is fine.’
    • ‘By day, he is an inconspicuous odd job man in his forties.’
    • ‘Like its grifter characters, it's only as flashy as it needs to be and knows the value of being inconspicuous.’
    • ‘It is imperative to have a foot patrol which is a very efficient way of controlling inconspicuous poaching activities.’
    • ‘The security tag, which is usually inconspicuous, is removed by the showroom wardens only prior to delivery.’
    • ‘When they are raising young or robbing nests, they are very quiet and inconspicuous.’
    • ‘If they really wanted us to be inconspicuous why don't they have us wear all black like the set changers at the theater?’
    • ‘In order to be inconspicuous and not arouse the attention of any Socialists, I've asked you to attend in disguise this month.’
    • ‘Were white rhinestone suits the most inconspicuous garments to wear?’
    • ‘The young man drove until he reached an inconspicuous building near the center of the town.’
    • ‘Place small dishes of the bait in inconspicuous spots around the home.’
    • ‘Sitting towards the back of the hall was an inconspicuous, balding, bespectacled man with a slight stammer.’
    • ‘When I start a temp job I try and remain inconspicuous, keeping quiet in the corner and not drawing too much attention to myself.’
    • ‘They had clearly tried to be inconspicuous, arriving in an unmarked white van with the legend Bell Mate Coffee.’
    • ‘She wanted an inconspicuous house close to Dublin city centre.’
    • ‘Butterwort is a relatively inconspicuous plant, which makes its home on wet heaths, bogs and mountain ledges.’
    unobtrusive, unnoticeable, unremarkable, unspectacular, unostentatious, unimposing, undistinguished, unexceptional, modest, unassuming, discreet, hidden, concealed
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘invisible, indiscernible’): from Latin inconspicuus (from in- ‘not’ + conspicuus ‘clearly visible’) + -ous.

Pronunciation

inconspicuous

/ɪnkənˈspɪkjʊəs/