from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not having the characteristics of British people or practices: The purple shutters on her house had a decidedly un-English look.
  • adj. Not in agreement with standard English usage.


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  • This places the submarine, which when it was first launched was described as "un-English", up with the top echelon of British engineering with other previous award-winners including the world's first rail locomotive, the Thames Barrier and Bletchley Park's Bombe code-breaking machine.

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  • When English adopted galore, it preserved the very un-English syntax attached to the word in Irish.

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  • Wilson claimed to deplore the use of “inkhorn terms,” those wrought words that sounded pretentious, unnatural—un-English.

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  • "Anything un-English is bound to be," she retorted.

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  • IG for hundreds of years the idea of a police force was considered an un-English dangerous continental idea, that if implemented would only bring oppression.

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  • Fourth, in an very un-English like initiative, a library has risen from the ashes.


  • The final revelation is that this team field as well as any other in the tournament, which is most un-English.

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  • Leisen looked at the test, and evidently gave DeMille a negative report; the un-English but heavy Gable had to wait a couple of years for stardom.

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  • My host, a keen huntsman, wore the red jacket of the Bullingdon Club, yet I found his way of speech and gesticulation strangely un-English.

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  • Geoff likes this little church, which he finds very quaint and un-English (it doesn't look like an English church, it's true - most of them are of eitherthe old stone buildings with ivy type or the totally non-descriptive built in the 60's type).

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