Meaning of unbeautiful in English:



  • Without beauty.

    ‘a very unbeautiful, sour face’
    • ‘it is difficult for viewers to understand a work that seems disturbing or unbeautiful or messy’
    • ‘They are also quite preternaturally ugly, bringing a rude abbreviation to the extension of the leg and drawing attention to the unbeautiful formlessness of the shoe, and the cheapness of its material and fabrication.’
    • ‘You never become unbeautiful if you are Charlotte Rampling, but at the age of 54 her looks are, at last, no longer a goddess's.’
    • ‘You hear clearly how the typical whip-snaps of the first three lines ease into a luxury of praise with the pentameter ‘Beautiful Kate Valk of the Wooster Group,’ despite its two unbeautiful words.’
    • ‘The mother was dressed as her kind are wont to be on Sunday morning - that is to say, not dressed at all, but hung about with coarse garments, her hair in unbeautiful disarray.’
    • ‘In Russian there is a much kinder word, you simply say ‘not beautiful’, ‘unbeautiful’ and that leaves you with the whole gamut of unbeautiful, from hideous to rather plain.’
    • ‘The same aesthetic instincts that led him to recognize the inelegance of the old theories about light and space may have blinded him to the decidedly unbeautiful reality of quantum mechanics.’
    • ‘In those first weeks I tore around my new home on various borrowed bikes, electrified by this unbeautiful city, as thrillingly jarring as a Dada cut-up.’
    • ‘A sharper contrast with the beer-gutted and unbeautiful GG could not be imagined.’
    • ‘And so last night they won the World Cup, beating an impressive if unbeautiful German side.’
    • ‘One of them was Sander's unbeautiful but beautifully hopeful Young Woman of 1929, but she killed herself for love.’
    • ‘With the latter choice, the firm was clearly responding to the increasingly avant-garde taste of the time, for by 1930 metal simulating wood was considered by style critics to be ‘a mongrel form, dishonest and unbeautiful.’’
    • ‘She told a reporter, ‘When I was nineteen, I thought Botticelli was unbeautiful because the women in the Primavera did not look like the girls in the Follies.’’
    • ‘But Lenny Kaye's guitar stretches effortlessly from post-funeral ballad to ecstatic, crazy fury, and Smith's performance is fierce and horribly unbeautiful.’
    • ‘Even though England invented the ‘beautiful game,’ in the postwar era it played it in an entirely unbeautiful way - full of pushing, tackling, and Hail Mary passes.’
    • ‘Bergman moves the entire sequence from gothic, candle-illuminated lighting to electric, reflecting both the otherworldliness of the atmosphere and its unbeautiful blandness.’
    • ‘In his description, Ruskin does not refer directly to slavery (for which he has often been criticised) but through his own vivid word picture shows how Turner made an unbeautiful subject beautiful.’
    • ‘In this way the public could explore things, objects, and artifacts meaningfully, which in a ‘normal’ or usual museum setting would be considered unbeautiful.’
    • ‘All say, I am more than you think, more than you will admit that I am, and all express as well the vain man's suspicion that in actuality he is unbeautiful.’
    • ‘I might end up contemplating the possibility that all moral judgements are based on nothing more than the notion that we find some things beautiful and other things distinctly unbeautiful.’



/ʌnˈbjuːtɪfʊl/ /ʌnˈbjuːtɪf(ə)l/