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

  • adj. Without the due formalities; abrupt: an unceremonious departure.
  • adj. Not ceremonious; informal: made an unceremonious presentation.

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  • adj. Not ceremonious

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not ceremonious; familiar; informal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. without ceremony or formality
  • adj. without due formalities


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  • A small man, with an uncommonly sour and discontented face, emerged from the house, and returned to this call the unceremonious acknowledgment of ‘Now then!’

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  • A small man, with an uncommonly sour and discontented face, emerged from the house, and returned to this call the unceremonious acknowledgment of 'Now then!'

    Battle of Life

  • I went very early to the next weekly meeting, and was entertaining a small circle very successfully with a minute representation of my lord mayor's show, when the colonel entered careless and gay, sat down with a kind of unceremonious civility, and without appearing to intend any interruption, drew my audience away to the other part of the room, to which I had not the courage to follow them.

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  • It's probably the only drink you'll serve in it, but an ordinary mug is just too unceremonious and your drink won't look like a mini pint of Guinness.

    The Improved Irish Coffee

  • The unceremonious arrival — at once suggesting humility and defiance — was typical of Mr. Huntsman, a Mandarin-speaking former Mormon missionary and the son of a billionaire who has set himself the ambitious goal of "humanizing" the world's most important bilateral relationship.

    When Diplomacy Means Abandoning the Rule Book

  • "It's not going to be an unceremonious finish, I can tell you that," Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said during the Television Critics Association winter previews, when he acknowledged that he was talking with the show's creative crew about potentially wrapping things up.

    House: How Will It End?

  • Their imaginative yet unceremonious approaches mean surprising and affordable fare for diners.

    Paris: Modern Romance

  • Following the end of a seven-month Tonight tenure and his Legally Prohibited From Being Funny tour last spring, O'Brien says he's come to terms with his unceremonious exit.

    Conan O'Brien Hopes for Lawsuit From NBC

  • DeWolfe should take this unceremonious exit as a blessing in disguise.

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  • Something about her unceremonious manner pegs her as appealingly real: imprisoned in a chair with absurdly deep arms, she shoots you a look of resigned acceptance, akin to the embarrassed glances her "Office" character, Holly, the human resources person, directed a couple of seasons ago at the camera on the faux-vérité comedy starring Steve Carell.

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