Meaning of uncomely in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnˈkʌmli/


  • 1 archaic, humorous Not attractive (typically used of a woman)

    ‘she was nineteen and not uncomely’
    • ‘She knew that no man of Royal blood could ever want her uncomely daughter as his wife and she knew that Rachel hadn't the personality to attract a man simply for her thoughts.’
    • ‘I just loved the line ‘not uncomely face’, and as for the denial - well, let me say that Kei is not immune to that, either.’
    • ‘The mother notes Raskolnikov's stubborn nature, mentioning the story of Raskolnikov's insistence on marrying his landlady's uncomely and lame daughter, despite her objections.’
    • ‘Though I have no true beauty, I am not uncomely, arrogant as it sounds, and I would have been so entirely flustered I would have embarrassed both myself and the young gentlemen.’
    • ‘He wasn't sure whether to be thankful or outraged, but upon glimpsing the stranger's not uncomely face, Arron settled upon merely peeved.’
    • ‘The grotesque and uncomely horns that had jutted from the sides were now gone; golden swirls and designs replaced them on the new frame of the mirror.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the film, her Toula is genuinely uncomely.’
    • ‘He remembers how he liked her mostly because she was an invalid and quite uncomely.’
    1. 1.1 archaic Not agreeable or suitable.
      ‘Yes, there was to be a new Hedonism that was to re-create life, and to save it from that harsh, uncomely Puritanism that is having, in our own day, its curious revival.’
      • ‘Just so, she thought, I cleanse my heart of suspicion's uncomely stain!’
      • ‘The trio treats their jittery dance-punk like a mad science experiment, haphazardly fusing club-ready basslines with uncomely electronic raucousness.’
      • ‘Such an uncomely house for a family as prominent as ours, I'll have you know.’