Definition of unpolished in English:



  • 1Not having a polished surface.

    ‘his shoes were unpolished’
    • ‘Eventually, my hair just gave up - at roughly the texture of an unpolished granite block, it petrified in a horribly rust shade of red until I could grow it out sufficiently to start again.’
    • ‘The floor was of bare wood, unpolished, with a curious weather-stained look, almost as though it was the salt-encrusted deck of an ancient sailing ship.’
    • ‘John Paul's coffin was of unpolished, uncarved timber bearing a plain crucifix on top.’
    • ‘We are more likely to choose a shiny apple we can see our reflection in than one with dull, unpolished skin.’
    • ‘In every crystal shop, both the polished and the unpolished minerals are usually available, but what is the difference when using them for healing?’
    • ‘Under the door, her hand wriggled past the grazing unpolished wood and I touched them, unable to take her bloody hand properly, even though I didn't want to touch those stumpy, ripped up nails.’
    • ‘He tied her reins about the iron ring embedded in the wood, and a moment later, he was standing on the unpolished wood floors, gazing about at the display of fine work.’
    • ‘The floor is laid with special imported stones and left uneven and unpolished.’
    • ‘While the Rabbit - or whatever it had been - in Traders Meet was rough, unpolished wood, all timber in this room was varnished and polished to a deep shine.’
    • ‘Note that polished surfaces present far less of a problem to the faker than unpolished surfaces.’
    • ‘Dreary pulses and gritty unpolished rice, and miserable no-fat yoghurt - is that a life?’
    • ‘His main beverage is a unique concoction of ingredients deemed healthy in Japan: raw egg, sesame seeds, unpolished rice, parched bean flour, green tea leaves, vinegar and yogurt.’
    • ‘A few shops in the city buy unpolished pots and sell them for a hefty sum after colouring and decorating them.’
    • ‘Designers use marble with both polished and unpolished finishes.’
    • ‘Rich sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, unpolished grains, nuts and seeds.’
    • ‘Some areas are left uncarved and unpolished, giving a dramatic sense of the raw material.’
    • ‘Tantalum is a very hard, malleable, ductile metal with a silvery bluish color when unpolished, but a bright silvery color when polished.’
    • ‘Two unpolished stars surfaced through the lighted ones.’
    • ‘Some are luxurious, others are simple and unpolished.’
    • ‘On glass sheets balanced by tall and short stumps of unpolished granite lie beautifully crafted Viking-shaped candles.’
    unvarnished, unlacquered, unfinished, unprocessed, untreated, unworked, plain, raw, unrefined, natural, coarse, rough
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    1. 1.1 Unrefined in style or behaviour.
      ‘his work is unpolished and sometimes incoherent’
      • ‘Save for a very unpolished Polish accent, Elizabeth Wilson is a sturdy Zofia.’
      • ‘It was a little naïve and unpolished (the opposite of what Alice had thought it would be), but it was at the same time quite thrilling.’
      • ‘This article is a little ragged and unpolished.’
      • ‘In his fashion - homespun and unpolished - but he can talk.’
      • ‘These elements don't really gel and the whole thing too often reads like a sketch for a novel, full of interesting but unpolished ideas, rather than the finished article.’
      • ‘He shunned the fury of the senses and what Keats called ‘ruffian passion’, which Boucher perceived as not merely unpolished and irrational but also as supremely unaesthetic.’
      • ‘The film, banned in Iran itself, is raw, unpolished yet crafted, its script plain and unpretentious, lending its scenes a sense of reality with no impression of exaggeration.’
      • ‘The punchy five-track EP, with songs like You and Me Geometry and Haircut, is an unpolished indie rock gem full of post-high-school relationship angst.’
      • ‘Insistent, often unpolished, and flecked with humour, Shary Boyle's drawings expose private vice and public embarrassment.’
      • ‘As a result, the songs come off as unpolished, lending them a simple yet emotional tone.’
      • ‘It's a great string-soaked leap on from XO, his debut for the Dreamworks label, and a different kind of record from Elliott Smith, Roman Candle and Either / Or, his downbeat and unpolished earlier work.’
      • ‘It's frustrating, and makes the game look unpolished.’
      • ‘They grumble about long, windy, unpolished pieces that don't fit into Slashdot's paragraph-link weblog format, and a style that sometimes glosses over key distinctions.’
      • ‘It's played out in cinema-verité, all rough cutting, long track shots and, in the end, a distinctively and deliberately unpolished style.’
      • ‘That said, this jagged, unpolished barrage of drums, Melvin Van Peebles samples and dime-bag craziness wouldn't be complete without the voices of reason: Quas and Madlib.’
      • ‘Front man Eric Budd's vocals are unpolished yet still manage to be smooth and palatable; and their lone saxophone is better than a full horn section - its sound will surely make your body writhe with its sexy blare.’
      • ‘Tellingly, Namath, Allen, and Robertson all criticize the unpolished arrogance of the modern athlete, just as they were criticized before.’
      • ‘Is it possible to find raw, unpolished non-commercial perspectives on youth that are fun and challenging to read, and worth returning to?’
      • ‘He's unpolished as a candidate and the poor man just couldn't get his shit together.’
      unsophisticated, unrefined, uncouth, uncultured, uncultivated, coarse, inelegant, crude, crass, raw, rough, rough and ready, awkward, clumsy, gauche, graceless, tactless, insensitive, vulgar, philistine, uneducated
      slipshod, rough, crude, untidy, uneven, incoherent, defective, deficient, scrappy, sketchy, bitty
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