Definition of disreputable in US English:



  • Not considered to be respectable in character or appearance.

    ‘he was heavy, grubby, and vaguely disreputable’
    ‘think twice before buying cheap fireworks from disreputable sources’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He encouraged even disreputable women to interact with him.’
    • ‘This is truly disgusting stuff - morally despicable and professionally disreputable.’
    • ‘The American people have stubbornly refused to fall in with the idea that religion is a disreputable anachronism.’
    • ‘If she went in the back, she might come across some of the more disreputable characters that would turn her act into a reality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lane, a somewhat disreputable character, did not turn up to defend himself, and was excommunicated.’
    • ‘For other sports, cricket makes for a perfectly disreputable villain.’
    • ‘He said it was worth considering licensing private military companies to encourage reputable ones and eliminate disreputable operators.’
    • ‘This allows disreputable drivers to monopolize taxi stands, canceling out chances of customers finding a decent cab to travel home in.’
    • ‘And far be it from me to make the same disreputable charge in reverse.’
    • ‘The other is a chronic underachiever, undependable, disreputable, a thoroughly wild child.’
    • ‘The problem is severest for women, who in Colombia are held in contempt or deemed disreputable for working at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The council and the police are trying to get rid of disreputable doormen, and this needs to be done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Medals can denote honorable deeds as well as ones that are questionable or disreputable.’
    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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