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  • adj. Not showy; plain or unassuming


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un- +‎ showy


  • it's a little too schematic for my taste - but it's a poetically serious application of different ingredients of African and African-American dance; its whole idiom has a kind of unshowy lyricism that opens a window of fresh air for Ailey.

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  • I am struck by a sensation that the mourners are fundamentally alien to us, with their unshowy yet self-conscious markers of wealth: jewelry, heavy makeup, oversize $1,000 sunglasses.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • Several West Side brokers said that on the affluent but studiously unshowy Upper West Side, Mr. Barnett overestimated the market potential for an apartment that measures 13,779 square feet, plus the terrace.

    Splitsville at Jumbo Condo

  • It was a sad sequence showing in a realistic, unshowy fashion the long-term effects of a disaster like Katrina.

    Treme weekly blog: season one, episode six

  • His presence on stage remains refreshingly unshowy, too – he rocks from heel to toe as if he's trying to keep balance on starboard as the band open up with "The Birds", their new album's opening track.

    Elbow – review

  • But its charm lies in the long-running, unshowy presence of its characters.

    Iconic UK Radio Soap Celebrates 60th Anniversary In Dramatic Fashion

  • But it is Haynes's unshowy philosophising that makes You such an engaged and engaging work.

    You by John Haynes – review

  • She veers away from the jaw-dropping finale or the linguistic pyrotechnics towards unshowy description and the gradual but ambiguous revelation of character and circumstance.

    Tessa Hadley: A life in writing

  • It's the sort of turn too rare on screen: unshowy and naturalistic.

    Moneyball – review

  • The Railway ChildrenFor the model of a sympathetic and unshowy film of a children's book, look no further than Lionel Jeffries's 1970 version of E Nesbit's Edwardian classic, guaranteed to jerk a tear from the most stony-faced child.

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