unseemly

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From Middle English unsemli, probably from a partial translation of Old Norse úsǽmiligr (unseemly), equivalent to un- +‎ seemly. Cognate with Icelandic ósæmileg (offensive), Norwegian usømmelig (unseemly), Danish usømmeligt (unseemly).

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unseemly (comparative unseemlier, superlative unseemliest)

  1. Inconsistent with established standards of good form or taste.
    He was drunk and made some very unseemly comments.

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