Definition of unstuffy in English:

unstuffy

adjective

  • 1Not old-fashioned or formal in manner or behaviour.

    ‘she was unstuffy and always approachable’
    • ‘He is also incredibly unstuffy, in spite of the circles in which he moves, and is still not always able to spot a famous face (he once failed to recognise Prince Edward).’
    • ‘Staff are chatty, well-intentioned and deliberately unstuffy which all adds to the charm and there's also an acceptable mini wine list for wine buffs (as opposed to beer fans) which is very sensibly priced.’
    • ‘All in all, the Dorchester manages to achieve a delicate balance of being splendid yet cosy and imposing yet unstuffy.’
    • ‘There's a tremendous sense of unstuffy celebration of art in that building.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire scenery and people, good food, wonderful wines and a totally unstuffy, relaxing atmosphere make the trip more than worthwhile.’
    • ‘It is because he is outspoken and charismatic and humorous and unstuffy and clearly isn't afraid to take risks.’
    • ‘The music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and one of our most approachable and refreshingly unstuffy conductors is curating a four-day festival of new music.’
    • ‘He was well known for his unstuffy approach and informality, which was reflected in the funeral arrangements.’
    • ‘Although he enjoys the formality of many areas of the Mayor's office, he is an unstuffy man.’
    • ‘Urbane, unstuffy and unperturbed by your story of heartbreak, the Black Dog's barkeeps know how to look after you AND keep your lips moist with a minimum of fuss.’
    • ‘But above all, the Albatroz hits just the right note in terms of its unstuffy sophistication, sense of warm Portuguese hospitality and the creature comforts expected of a five star property.’
    • ‘His unstuffy manner has also gained him increasing respect in a German business world desperate to modernise beyond its engineering and banking base.’
    • ‘Sung in Xhosa and by singers both appealing and vocally gifted - especially Pauline in the title role - this is a wide-ranging and unstuffy version of the opera that leaves out none of the high drama of the original.’
    • ‘His departure was the biggest blow to the corporation, as he was widely admired for his unstuffy, blokey approach.’
    • ‘Not quite such a skilled fixer as his predecessor, he is still the consummate diplomat, albeit an unstuffy one who wears red socks and runs a professional operation.’
    • ‘She's quick on her feet, she knows who So Solid Crew are and she's very unstuffy.’
    • ‘German renaissance drawings are often enchantingly unstuffy, and frequently treat subjects that would never have been painted.’
    • ‘The restaurant's manager is delightful and his team are friendly and unstuffy but not intrusive.’
    • ‘Many restaurants without aspirations of winning a Michelin gong survive on unstuffy, rustic charm that often equates to a disappointing mix of bland food and uncomfortable surroundings.’
    • ‘Yet the service and atmosphere here is refreshingly unstuffy.’
    • ‘What this misses is the fact that he was also genial and unstuffy, with a capacity to make himself agreeable.’
    • ‘I admire the effort that went into this handsome project, and its slightly informal, unstuffy feel.’
    • ‘Finally, he is a classically trained chef who has run his own restaurants but who is also very unstuffy.’
    • ‘Good for Radio 4 doing a second series after all the stuffed shirts complained about their first one because of their irreverent and unstuffy presentation.’
    • ‘The wines remain impeccably displayed and sourced - and the service is as unstuffy as ever.’
    • ‘Her sell-out concerts are deliberately unstuffy affairs, often played before audiences that would view a night at the opera as a dangerous leap into the cultural unknown.’
    • ‘After all, there could be no surer way of denting Halifax's accessible and unstuffy image.’
    • ‘The filmmakers' desire to create an unstuffy, modern version of the Renaissance monarch merely turns him into a boorish, violent plug-ugly.’
    • ‘And this list is only the highest of the highlights, perhaps less than half of what we ate, all of it coordinated by as cheery and unstuffy a bunch of waiters as you could hope to find.’
    casual, relaxed, easy-going, natural, unceremonious, unofficial, non-formal, unstudied, unaffected
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  • 2Having fresh air or ventilation.

    • ‘It was a very comfortable hotel that has clean, unstuffy rooms with tiled floors, plus parking, a restaurant, a bar and a small gym on the premises.’

Pronunciation

unstuffy

/ʌnˈstʌfi/