Definition of unseemly in US English:

unseemly

adjective

  • (of behavior or actions) not proper or appropriate.

    ‘an unseemly squabble’
    • ‘He apparently felt it was unseemly for a writer to fight for money, which might explain why he so rarely had any.’
    • ‘It didn't attract any Christian protests although there were sometimes unseemly tussles in the stalls over opera glasses.’
    • ‘They're worried that it might be a little bit unseemly for the candidate himself to be doing this.’
    • ‘Neither should we fear that the unsaved will be driven away by what may appear to be unseemly behaviour.’
    • ‘She knew her behavior was unseemly, but at the moment she couldn't bring herself to care.’
    • ‘He was said to have killed more than one of his own men out-of-hand for lax or unseemly behaviour.’
    • ‘It involves an unseemly scramble amongst the legislature so that it is seen to be doing ‘something’.’
    • ‘It is why early suggestions were made that the matter should have been resolved before it reached this unseemly point.’
    • ‘It would be unseemly to overreact, but it's prudent not to underreact as well.’
    • ‘As we know to our cost, there is nothing more stressful than an unseemly scramble for desperately needed points in the dying weeks of the season.’
    • ‘‘The unseemly incident had to be split up by an abbot and a bishop,’ The Sun recalled.’
    • ‘But I still believe it is unseemly for him to disgrace the day with such a paranoid rant.’
    • ‘It is unusual, unseemly and unfair that any boss publishes in the press the performance report of a member of his staff.’
    • ‘One needs a spouse to keep accomplishments like these from assuming unseemly proportions.’
    • ‘What a pity then that its arrival has precipitated an unseemly row and laid the foundation for more serious problems down the road for the game of golf.’
    • ‘Here a high degree of competitiveness is regarded as distasteful or unseemly.’
    • ‘Actually, it is rank partisanship of the most unseemly kind.’
    • ‘Such unseemly conduct cannot exist without collaboration between an authoritarian power and an unchecked market.’
    • ‘There has been an unseemly behind-the-scenes squabble within the public sector over tourism's fate.’
    • ‘However, to avoid an unseemly political spat, both Kiely and McEllistrim have been selected.’
    indecorous, improper, inappropriate, unbecoming, unfitting, unbefitting, unsuitable, unworthy, undignified, unrefined, indiscreet, indelicate, ungentlemanly, unladylike, impolite
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Pronunciation

unseemly

/ˌənˈsimli//ˌənˈsēmlē/