Definition of undistinguished in English:



  • Lacking distinction; unexceptional.

    ‘an undistinguished career’
    • ‘Hogg was no ordinary Tory minister, however undistinguished his career.’
    • ‘A couple of undistinguished losses hastened the end of his career.’
    • ‘Well, I will say it's probably the shortest my hair has been since my short and undistinguished time in the U.S. Marines.’
    • ‘Consider the man's long and massively undistinguished record.’
    • ‘Until 1994, when he was elected governor of Texas, Bush was known as the undistinguished son of a distinguished father.’
    • ‘The aircraft enjoyed an undistinguished and short career as a racer before being put up for sale.’
    • ‘The undistinguished career for the first Delgado racer had come to a very abrupt end.’
    • ‘With a shudder he turned back and entered the ball once more, just as unnoticeable and undistinguished that he had been when he first arrived.’
    • ‘This can be seen most clearly in the undistinguished suburban housing development projects.’
    • ‘Faced with entering the working world or graduate school they confront the reality of their undistinguished academic career.’
    • ‘His dad, Milt, had an undistinguished professional career after starring at Louisville.’
    • ‘In my view, it was not very interesting; undistinguished and forgettable are the adjectives I would use.’
    • ‘The walls are blank and white, everything is plain and undistinguished in the low light.’
    • ‘Of all my rather undistinguished classmates, one was stunning.’
    • ‘The other three enjoy undistinguished but lengthy careers.’
    • ‘Strictly speaking, it means commonplace, undistinguished, but has come to mean pertaining to the people.’
    • ‘He had an undistinguished big-league career as a first and third-baseman.’
    • ‘No undistinguished schoolboy could hope for more.’
    • ‘Her style is undistinguished and her characterization slight, but sufficient for the exigencies of the form.’
    • ‘But what we get is a musically undistinguished, lyrically trite rock-show, tricked out with vampirism, incest and gore.’
    run-of-the-mill, ordinary, middle-of-the-road, average, common, commonplace, everyday, workaday, quotidian, pedestrian, suburban, mundane, mediocre, humdrum, prosaic, lacklustre, unexceptional, indifferent, forgettable, unmemorable, uninspired, unimpressive, unexciting, unspectacular, uneventful, unremarkable, inconsequential, unnoticeable, inconspicuous, characterless, featureless, nondescript, plain, simple, fair, not bad, passable, all right, middling, moderate
    hackneyed, trite, jejune
    nothing special, no big deal, no great shakes, nothing to write home about, nothing to get excited about, not so hot, not up to much, not much cop, ok, okay, so-so, bog standard, fair-to-middling, a dime a dozen
    common or garden
    ornery, bush-league
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