Definition of unsophisticated in US English:



  • 1Lacking refined worldly knowledge or tastes.

    • ‘Some lecturers say the students are immature, unsophisticated and do not know what they want in class.’
    • ‘The enduring image of Queensland for many Australians a beautiful place to holiday, but hampered by a narrow-based economy and an unsophisticated cultural life - is eroding fast.’
    • ‘The term antiquarian tends to carry negative connotations nowadays, of someone with a naive or unsophisticated obsession with the past.’
    • ‘To some extent what is now occurring is a reflection of what is happening in the outside world because of the vulnerability and susceptibility of unsophisticated, inexperienced but curious and money-hungry students.’
    • ‘They were unlike him, unsophisticated, dirty, ignorant.’
    • ‘Labour wants to see a range of simple, transparent, low-cost options available to financially unsophisticated consumers, to give them the confidence to manage their own affairs.’
    • ‘In the play Othello, the character of Othello has certain traits which make him seem naive and unsophisticated compared to many other people.’
    • ‘They were, as a rule, too immature and unsophisticated to comprehend the full meaning of much of his discourse.’
    • ‘However wicked this case is, he is still a young, unsophisticated and immature man.’
    • ‘We don't easily imagine anymore a naive, unsophisticated 14-year-old without the resources or experience to go it alone or see a way out of current circumstances.’
    • ‘The current architectural mandarins tell us all this, and they've cowed many; in matters of taste, no one wants to appear uncultivated and unsophisticated.’
    • ‘One line of defense is likely to be that while these deals may sound fictitious and fraudulent to unsophisticated outsiders, they are actually standard transactions in high finance.’
    • ‘Is this a question of ignorance on the part of the media, unsophisticated reporting, or is it a question of letting personal antipathy and personal notions seep into the coverage?’
    • ‘His efforts to portray himself as unsophisticated and ignorant of legal matters were not consistent with the record.’
    • ‘Like their neighbors in the northern province of Groningen, Frisians tend to be seen as unsophisticated by Netherlanders living in the southern part of the country.’
    • ‘Well, you know, in the end it was very naive and unsophisticated to believe that where you come from doesn't matter.’
    • ‘I suppose no one ever left him after a first interview without the impression that this was the best and kindest of men, nay, and the simplest and most unsophisticated.’
    • ‘He must play Coffey as simple and unsophisticated, but yet intelligent and perceptive in a delicate balancing act.’
    • ‘While his work, in its seductiveness, might appeal to unsophisticated tastes, there is nothing unsophisticated about the paintings themselves.’
    • ‘As we shall see below, it is naive to assume that most media messages actually do have the effects that their creators intend, even when the audiences are deemed to be unsophisticated and lacking in education.’
    unworldly, naive, simple, innocent, ignorant, green, immature, callow, inexperienced, childlike, artless, guileless, ingenuous, down-to-earth, natural, unaffected, unassuming, unpretentious, modest, without airs
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    1. 1.1 Not complicated or highly developed; basic.
      ‘unsophisticated computer software’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of people have been killed and perhaps a million have been driven from their homes, a large-scale project which, due to the unsophisticated technology involved, has taken 18 months and is still not complete.’
      • ‘In July 1995 WB started its search to replace its existing unsophisticated computer system.’
      • ‘Made of black bricks and tiles, Wuhou Temple looks very simple and unsophisticated but it does have an air of mystery about it.’
      • ‘While other vendors hammered away on their unsophisticated heterogenous software packages, IBM was refining something full of grace and elegance.’
      • ‘Mrs Howard said: ‘This was an unsophisticated attempt, a botched job that led in effect to Mr Thompson being rescued from the roof.’’
      • ‘Priests and parishioners are frequently persecuted, and live under constant surveillance and harassment, usually of the crudest and most unsophisticated form.’
      • ‘The international expansion continues apace in parts of the world where retailing is relatively undeveloped, unconsolidated, and unsophisticated.’
      • ‘In those days electric currents were produced in the laboratory by unsophisticated machines which rubbed plates together, or by cumbersome batteries.’
      • ‘During the anti-war movement, the statute was broadened in an attempt to break the growing underground resistance, making it a federal crime to have simple, unsophisticated incendiary devices, such as we had.’
      • ‘Though simple and unsophisticated by later standards, the census was a milestone in the provision of statistical data and has subsequently been held at ten-year intervals.’
      • ‘With such unsophisticated software, you are running the risk of weak security.’
      • ‘The rides have recently been updated but still remain simple and unsophisticated: ideal for children aged from two to nine, not least the shiny new bouncy castle.’
      • ‘Its size, remoteness, tropical location, and late development made for a raw, vigorous, unsophisticated version of the Australian experience.’
      • ‘Netgear's own supplied software does this, though it's unsophisticated compared to the likes of Musicmatch or iTunes.’
      • ‘If so why was it flying at an altitude at which it could be an easy target for the insurgents’ relatively unsophisticated weapons?’
      • ‘At the same time, there has been a revival of interest in the ancient methods of calculation, especially the use of simple and unsophisticated gadgets such as the abacus.’
      • ‘Uninspiring design, unsubtle lighting, naive storytelling and an unsophisticated and thumping ‘score’ detract terribly from the performances.’
      • ‘So, I think the other lesson is that with the science as unsophisticated and as crude as it is today - and for at least the future I can foresee - it's nurture that matters so much.’
      • ‘American analysts basically think that SMS messaging will not take off there because they see it as a feeble, unsophisticated little technology and think they can see better alternatives.’
      • ‘Blackton had failed to keep up with developments in film technique and his films were dramatically unsophisticated, but he was an expert showman.’
      simple, crude, unrefined, basic, rudimentary, primitive, rough and ready, rough-hewn, make-do, cobbled together, undeveloped, homespun
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    2. 1.2 Not artificial.
      ‘the village has remained unspoiled and unsophisticated’
      • ‘The island itself is the most remote inhabited island on earth and is totally unspoiled and unsophisticated.’
      • ‘The beautiful and tranquil environment has given birth to a rustic and unsophisticated folk atmosphere, which can be seen in the old boatmen, the women washing clothes in the river and the children playing with dogs.’
      • ‘This secluded and unsophisticated beachside hamlet has a seasonal shop and Dorset coastal scenery is all around in the ownership of the National Trust.’
      • ‘The natural, unsophisticated beauty of wildflowers in full bloom in spring and fascinating autumnal-tinted leaves in the schoolyards reminded us of the warm love of our mothers.’