unassuming [uhn-uh-soo-ming] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unassuming on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. modest; unpretentious.

Origin of unassuming First recorded in 1720–30; un-1 + assuming Related formsun·as·sum·ing·ly, adverbun·as·sum·ing·ness, noun Related Words for unassuming diffident, meek, self-effacing, humble, quiet, unobtrusive, modest, unpretentious, backward, bashful, lowly, mousy, plain, prim, reserved, retiring, simple, unostentatious, unambitious, unassertive Examples from the Web for unassuming Contemporary Examples of unassuming

  • In a tucked-away grave marked with a flat, unassuming stone, Anastasio Umberto bears that distinction.

    Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

    Nina Strochlic

    October 23, 2014

  • Got to find that man, Harold vowed, and he did, locating an unassuming barber in South Brooklyn.

    The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull

    Mark Jacobson

    March 8, 2014

  • The unassuming, charisma-free central banker never set out to be a player the way his predecessor Alan Greenspan did.

    Bernanke Drop the Mic as He Exits the Fed

    Daniel Gross

    December 19, 2013

  • Over lunch in a Toronto café, she proved sharp, funny, forthright, and unassuming.

    Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature

    Malcolm Jones

    October 10, 2013

  • This unassuming, 39-seat spot in Los Angeles went from the minor leagues one year to the best restaurant of the year the next.

    America’s Best New Restaurant

    Bon Appétit

    August 30, 2013

  • Historical Examples of unassuming

  • His manner is affable and unassuming, and his disposition kindly.

    Cleveland Past and Present

    Maurice Joblin

  • The uniform of these riders of the western plains was unassuming.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He is sincere, and he is unassuming, a good friend, and a tolerant enemy.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • I believe they are always natural, and unassuming, and sincere.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

  • Mrs de Barral was an equable, unassuming woman, at that time.


    Joseph Conrad

  • British Dictionary definitions for unassuming unassuming adjective

    1. modest or unpretentious

    Derived Formsunassumingly, adverbunassumingness, noun Word Origin and History for unassuming adj.

    “unpretentious,” 1726, from un- (1) “not” + infinitive of assume.

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