Definition of unbecoming in US English:

unbecoming

adjective

  • 1(especially of clothing or a color) not flattering.

    ‘a stout lady in an unbecoming striped sundress’
    • ‘The idiot in the unbecoming South Sea island shirt spilled the straightforward chance at immortality and the England opener's confidence swelled almost visibly.’
    • ‘You should really close your mouth, it's really unbecoming.’
    • ‘You don't want all your hair standing on end, its very unbecoming.’
    • ‘Scottish resources have always been thin and an unbecoming tug-of-war has broken out over several of the best under-21 players after the side's second win of the season against Italy.’
    • ‘Do you not realize how unbecoming and unattractive these faux oxygen-sapping vocal inflections are?’
    • ‘Essential for wearing under spaghetti strap vests, it has banished the unbecoming sight of curvy women tugging up their strapless numbers.’
    • ‘They are only worn at Christmas, and are remarkably unbecoming.’
    • ‘Green with verdigris - not an unbecoming shade - and draped in robes, she holds in her hands two laurel wreaths.’
    • ‘I snickered as I watched Travers become an unbecoming shade of red.’
    • ‘So take off that unbecoming frown.’
    • ‘It gets dirty too easily, and for a lot of people it's an unbecoming color.’
    • ‘You tell me in the car that my red fingernail polish is unbecoming.’
    • ‘The fact of the matter is that the new design is unbecoming, and as much as it may have better target value it has even higher ugly value.’
    • ‘She went looking for him; found a man with an unbecoming moustache and eyes that stuck out ‘like a crayfish's’.’
    • ‘After everyone is covered in paint (you wear an unbecoming white suit to protect your clothing), there is an opportunity for everyone to bash each other over the head with foam sticks.’
    • ‘Japan banned perms and required even geisha girls to wear the unbecoming peasant mompe (baggy trousers).’
    • ‘His face began to turn as red as hers, and a most unbecoming look of nervousness crossed his face before he answered,’
    • ‘Tugging her limp hair, and leaning forward to inspect the unbecoming bags under her eyes, she sighed.’
    • ‘‘Stop wrinkling your nose,’ Cate snapped, ‘It's rather unbecoming, Genevieve.’’
    • ‘Without giving approval, Prudie will tell you what a friend in a similar situation does: Every year she picks out a piece of clothing that is unbecoming and one size too small.’
    unflattering, unattractive, unsightly, plain, ugly, ugly-looking, hideous
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's attitude or behavior) not fitting or appropriate; unseemly.
      ‘it was unbecoming for a university to do anything so crass as advertising its wares’
      • ‘The scandal-invoking inquiry into her personality that appeared instead was both unprofessional and unbecoming.’
      • ‘This behaviour is inexcusable and unbecoming of a registered medical practitioner.’
      • ‘From a practical standpoint, that's probably true… but there is something unbecoming all around.’
      • ‘IT IS POSSIBLE - though I am reluctant to believe it - that my advocacy of reading aloud proposes activity too idiosyncratic, if not actually unbecoming, for most people.’
      • ‘Either choice is unbecoming of a judicial candidate.’
      • ‘The most unbecoming thing you can do is get all catty with her.’
      • ‘They maintain that Irving's conduct was unbecoming of a reputable historian.’
      • ‘But their persecution complex is unbecoming because it is unrealistic.’
      • ‘Lest anyone accuse the Times of unbecoming hubris, the redesign is characterized not just as ‘gentle’ but ‘modest.’’
      • ‘Nothing could be further from the truth, and the level of intellectual dishonesty apparent in Malanga's work is unbecoming of such an otherwise respectable journal.’
      • ‘The following day, Pakistan followed suit by ordering three Indian diplomats to leave for ‘behaviour unbecoming of a diplomat’.’
      • ‘They think it is elitist, that it bestows on individuals a level importance unbecoming of sportspeople, especially those involved in team sports.’
      • ‘Such an outburst is clearly unbecoming from a Senior Citizen.’
      • ‘Instead of using coercion unbecoming of a republic, the best way to help other nations onto the path of freedom is to lead by example.’
      • ‘It's unbecoming to say the least, and I'm not sure that he and I can carry on for too much longer without me setting some ground rules.’
      • ‘It's a little unbecoming for an older man to be ordering young women to wear bikinis and act out roles that might be called ‘male fantasies.’’
      • ‘I believe it's unbecoming for the well off to whine about high taxes, and inconsistent for those who advocate human rights to oppose all American military action.’
      • ‘Opinion columnists, meanwhile, busied themselves penning snide articles about Trollope, admonishing her for behaviour unbecoming of a grandmother of two.’
      • ‘The weakness of the narrative derives from the realism the film achieves: the tigers are so believable - as real tigers and as multifaceted characters - that the film's fairytale ending is unbecoming.’
      • ‘Naivete is so unbecoming, especially in the jaded entertainment industry.’
      inappropriate, unfitting, unbefitting, unsuitable, unsuited, ill-suited, inapt, out of keeping, untoward, incorrect, unacceptable
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Pronunciation

unbecoming

/ˌənbəˈkəmɪŋ//ˌənbəˈkəmiNG/