Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not attractive or beautiful; homely.
  • adjective Not courteous or in good taste; ungracious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not well adapted for being handled or used; inconvenient; awkward; untoward; unmanageable; unhandy.
  • Not handsome; not good-looking; not well-formed; not beautiful.
  • Not generous or decorous; not liberal; unfair; disingenuous; mean; unbecoming.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not handsome; not beautiful; ungraceful; not comely or pleasing; plain; homely.
  • adjective Wanting noble or amiable qualities; dishonorable; illiberal; low; disingenuous; mean; indecorous.
  • adjective obsolete Unhandy; clumsy; awkward; inconvenient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not handsome.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ handsome

Examples

  • "Whin the talk goes round iv a maid an 'a man, the one pretty an' the other not unhandsome, both young an 'neither married, does it' token aught but the one thing?"

    CHAPTER 16

  • I leave it to you: thirty years of age, not entirely unhandsome, an intellectual and artistic place in the world, and an income most dazzling -- why shouldn't women pursue me?

    CHAPTER VIII

  • I am conscious that my conduct may appear to you extremely unhandsome and, I feel somthing like uneasiness untill I explain.

    Letter 218

  • What I saw was tall, dark-haired, and not unhandsome, but unfortunately, it was not my indebted demigod, Shezmou.

    Silver Zombie

  • I grabbed my cell phone and twisted my head over my shoulder to film the unhandsome couple and wait for a glimpse of their obvious lunch date.

    Silver Zombie

  • He wasn't gigantic in the full daylight, but he was big enough, his face broad and heavy-jawed but not unhandsome, the eyes I hadn't been able to make out at our first meeting a brownish green.

    The Devil's Bedpost

  • What the devil should possess her to say such an unhandsome thing of him?

    Gatlinburg

  • Pons called out; the door opened, and a young man not quite six feet in height, a dark blonde, and by no means unhandsome, walked into the room.

    PORNOGRAPHY

  • I knew that he was a baseball player, and not unhandsome, and I wanted to punch him in the face.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • I knew that he was a baseball player, and not unhandsome, and I wanted to punch him in the face.

    Archive 2009-09-01

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