ungenteel

ungenteel

(ˌʌndʒɛnˈtiːl)
adj
not genteel
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He was not ungenteel, nor entirely devoid of wit, and in his youth had abounded in sprightliness, which, though he had lately put on a more serious character, he could, when he pleased, resume.
The young ladies arrived: their appearance was by no means ungenteel or unfashionable.
"Well, it would serve to cure him of an absurd practice of never asking a question at an inn, which he had adopted, when quite a young man, on the principal of its being very ungenteel to be curious.
But we are not going to leave these two people long in such a low and ungenteel station of life.
It seems an easier and shorter way to dignity, to observe that-- since there never was a true story which could not be told in parables, where you might put a monkey for a margrave, and vice versa-- whatever has been or is to be narrated by me about low people, may be ennobled by being considered a parable; so that if any bad habits and ugly consequences are brought into view, the reader may have the relief of regarding them as not more than figuratively ungenteel, and may feel himself virtually in company with persons of some style.
I don't mean that there is anything ungenteel in that itself--far from it-- but I do mean that he doesn't do it well, and that he doesn't, if I may so express myself, get the money's-worth in the sort of dissipated reputation that attaches to him.'
John Smauker, agonised at the exceeding ungenteel sound, 'will you take my arm?'
Who should follow us down the road from the coach, my dear, but a poor person in a very ungenteel bonnet--"
But as this might be considered ungenteel, I'll think of it.
Never quite knowing what to do with his hands, he is always concealing them sheepishly up his sleeves--as if they bear the trace of an earlier, ungenteel past of manual labour--when not taking "himself into custody by the wrists ...
Beetenson's letter bitterly attacked Henshaw for cruelty, inhumanity and ungenteel behaviour towards Evans.
(6) Like the "amphibious crocodile," the "prim" Ransom may have longed for "a clean life without mud and muss," only to recognize the inevitability of his "gross desire" for home, which the child-like crocodile associates with the fluidity of the "infantile." With his collapse into infancy and disorder, the decidedly ungenteel speaker reveals his potent attraction to and anxiety concerning the site of the feminine, since associated by critics such as Julia Kristeva with the mother's abjecting relation to the child (1982, 65, 69).