V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: not in keeping with acceptable standards of polite society, in bad taste

Synonyms: rude, uncouth, inappropriate, improper, impolite, indecent

Antonyms: polite, proper

Tips: Anything that doesn't seem proper can be considered unseemly. Unseemly is a more sophisticated way of saying "inappropriate."

Usage Examples:

Her unseemly remarks at the meeting made the other employees uncomfortable. (inappropriate, improper)

I thought his attire was unseemly and not fit for a formal party. (improper, inappropriate)

It was unseemly for her to borrow my lip gloss without asking. (rude, impolite)

His unseemly behavior embarrassed his date. (uncouth, rude, indecent)

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