Definition of unstuffy in US English:

unstuffy

adjective

  • 1Friendly, informal, and approachable.

    ‘colorful and unstuffy periodicals’
    • ‘Good for Radio 4 doing a second series after all the stuffed shirts complained about their first one because of their irreverent and unstuffy presentation.’
    • ‘After all, there could be no surer way of denting Halifax's accessible and unstuffy image.’
    • ‘Staff are chatty, well-intentioned and deliberately unstuffy which all adds to the charm and there's also an acceptable mini wine list for wine buffs (as opposed to beer fans) which is very sensibly priced.’
    • ‘He was well known for his unstuffy approach and informality, which was reflected in the funeral arrangements.’
    • ‘His unstuffy manner has also gained him increasing respect in a German business world desperate to modernise beyond its engineering and banking base.’
    • ‘Yet the service and atmosphere here is refreshingly unstuffy.’
    • ‘Finally, he is a classically trained chef who has run his own restaurants but who is also very unstuffy.’
    • ‘The music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and one of our most approachable and refreshingly unstuffy conductors is curating a four-day festival of new music.’
    • ‘What this misses is the fact that he was also genial and unstuffy, with a capacity to make himself agreeable.’
    • ‘German renaissance drawings are often enchantingly unstuffy, and frequently treat subjects that would never have been painted.’
    • ‘It is because he is outspoken and charismatic and humorous and unstuffy and clearly isn't afraid to take risks.’
    • ‘And this list is only the highest of the highlights, perhaps less than half of what we ate, all of it coordinated by as cheery and unstuffy a bunch of waiters as you could hope to find.’
    • ‘I admire the effort that went into this handsome project, and its slightly informal, unstuffy feel.’
    • ‘Not quite such a skilled fixer as his predecessor, he is still the consummate diplomat, albeit an unstuffy one who wears red socks and runs a professional operation.’
    • ‘There's a tremendous sense of unstuffy celebration of art in that building.’
    • ‘The wines remain impeccably displayed and sourced - and the service is as unstuffy as ever.’
    • ‘The restaurant's manager is delightful and his team are friendly and unstuffy but not intrusive.’
    • ‘He is also incredibly unstuffy, in spite of the circles in which he moves, and is still not always able to spot a famous face (he once failed to recognise Prince Edward).’
    • ‘But above all, the Albatroz hits just the right note in terms of its unstuffy sophistication, sense of warm Portuguese hospitality and the creature comforts expected of a five star property.’
    • ‘Urbane, unstuffy and unperturbed by your story of heartbreak, the Black Dog's barkeeps know how to look after you AND keep your lips moist with a minimum of fuss.’
    • ‘She's quick on her feet, she knows who So Solid Crew are and she's very unstuffy.’
    • ‘Her sell-out concerts are deliberately unstuffy affairs, often played before audiences that would view a night at the opera as a dangerous leap into the cultural unknown.’
    • ‘His departure was the biggest blow to the corporation, as he was widely admired for his unstuffy, blokey approach.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire scenery and people, good food, wonderful wines and a totally unstuffy, relaxing atmosphere make the trip more than worthwhile.’
    • ‘Many restaurants without aspirations of winning a Michelin gong survive on unstuffy, rustic charm that often equates to a disappointing mix of bland food and uncomfortable surroundings.’
    • ‘Although he enjoys the formality of many areas of the Mayor's office, he is an unstuffy man.’
    • ‘Sung in Xhosa and by singers both appealing and vocally gifted - especially Pauline in the title role - this is a wide-ranging and unstuffy version of the opera that leaves out none of the high drama of the original.’
    • ‘All in all, the Dorchester manages to achieve a delicate balance of being splendid yet cosy and imposing yet unstuffy.’
    • ‘The filmmakers' desire to create an unstuffy, modern version of the Renaissance monarch merely turns him into a boorish, violent plug-ugly.’
    casual, relaxed, easy-going, natural, unceremonious, unofficial, non-formal, unstudied, unaffected
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  • 2Having fresh air or ventilation.

    • ‘It was a very comfortable hotel that has clean, unstuffy rooms with tiled floors, plus parking, a restaurant, a bar and a small gym on the premises.’

Pronunciation

unstuffy

/ˌənˈstəfi//ˌənˈstəfē/