- unsemely (archaic)
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”).
- Inconsistent with established standards of good form or taste.
- He was drunk and made some very unseemly comments.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- An unseemly outbreak of temper.
2014 October 21, Oliver Brown, “Oscar Pistorius jailed for five years – sport afforded no protection against his tragic fallibilities: Bladerunner's punishment for killing Reeva Steenkamp is but a frippery when set against the burden that her bereft parents, June and Barry, must carry [print version: No room for sentimentality in this tragedy, 13 September 2014, p. S22]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Sport):
inconsistent with standards, etc.
- In an unseemly manner.