Definitions

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  • adj. Not genteel; coarse and ill-mannered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not genteel; impolite; rude: of persons or manners.

Etymologies

un- +‎ genteel (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think it ungenteel and barbarous, and quite un-English; the custom having been a foreign one, ever since the reigns of the uncivilised sultans in the Arabian Nights, who always called the wise men of their time about them.

    Miscellaneous Papers

  • ‘I beg your pardon, Mr. Weller,’ said Mr. John Smauker, agonised at the exceeding ungenteel sound, ‘will you take my arm?’

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • “And the king, they say, kickit Sir Robert Walpole for no keeping down the mob of Edinburgh; but I dinna believe he wad behave sae ungenteel.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • But we are not going to leave these two people long in such a low and ungenteel station of life.

    Vanity Fair

  • With this sum of money, and a good run of luck which ensued presently, we were enabled to make no ungenteel figure.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Oh lawdy, lawdy, lawdy Miss Mellie, I do decleah these Democrats are so ungenteel!

    Hullabaloo

  • He was not ungenteel, nor entirely devoid of wit, and in his youth had abounded in sprightliness, which, though he had lately put on a more serious character, he could, when he pleased, resume.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Sophia, “but I thought he seemed rather awkward, and ungenteel than otherwise.”

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Some were wonderfully well pleased with this order; others blamed it as unsociable and ungenteel, and were of the opinion that, as soon as I was out of my office, the manner of entertainments ought to be reformed; for, says Hagias, we invite one another not barely to eat and drink, but to eat and drink together.

    Symposiacs

  • For as it is rude and ungenteel to inquire and ask what sort of meat, wine, or ointment the person whom we are to entertain loves best; so it is neither disobliging nor absurd to desire him who hath a great many acquaintance to bring those along with him whose company he likes most, and in whose conversation he can take the greatest pleasure.

    Symposiacs

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