1. Not attractive or beautiful; homely.
2. Not courteous or in good taste; ungracious.

un·hand′some·ly adv.
un·hand′some·ness n.


1. unattractive
2. discourteous


(ʌnˈhæn səm)

1. lacking good looks; not physically attractive; plain or ugly.
2. ungracious; discourteous; unseemly.
3. ungenerous; illiberal: an unhandsome reward.
un•hand′some•ly, adv.
un•hand′some•ness, n.
References in classic literature ?
Well, whether or not, I consider it very unhandsome of you to refuse it.
Worn and unhandsome as he had become, it was plain that she did not discern the least fault in his appearance.
I was at first a little shocked at returning to the same house whence we had departed in so unhandsome a manner; but when the drawer, with very civil address, told us, `he believed we had forgot to pay our reckoning,' I became perfectly easy, and very readily gave him a guinea, bid him pay himself, and acquiesced in the unjust charge which had been laid on my memory.
Cedric and Athelstane were both dressed in the ancient Saxon garb, which, although not unhandsome in itself, and in the present instance composed of costly materials, was so remote in shape and appearance from that of the other guests, that Prince John took great credit to himself with Waldemar Fitzurse for refraining from laughter at a sight which the fashion of the day rendered ridiculous.
Fanny could have said a great deal, but it was safer to say nothing, and leave untouched all Miss Crawford's resources-- her accomplishments, her spirits, her importance, her friends, lest it should betray her into any observations seemingly unhandsome.
Partly for the punishment of which Wegg, by leading him on in a very unhandsome and underhanded game that he was playing, them books that you and me bought so many of together
Nicholas therefore proposed that they should break up at once, but the manager would by no means hear of it; vowing that he had promised himself the pleasure of inviting his new acquaintance to share a bowl of punch, and that if he declined, he should deem it very unhandsome behaviour.
I take this evanescence and lubricity of all objects, which lets them slip through our fingers then when we clutch hardest, to be the most unhandsome part of our condition.
I was writing a series of articles upon prison life, and had my nib into the whole System; a literary and philanthropical daily was parading my "charges," the graver ones with the more gusto; and the terms, if unhandsome for creative work, were temporary wealth to me.
You can see this in the nuanced, hazy photograph at the entrance to the belated but superb exhibit: a portrait of a sensitive, thoughtful, unhandsome man, with self-doubt lingering across his eyes.
In response, the EIC offered to accept one-half of the debts if he paid the rest within 18 months, an offer for which Gullock made "an unhandsome refusealle" and sent a declaration in poetry of his aim to leave St.
Meanwhile, Day-Lewis plays Lincoln as a physically awkward but not unhandsome figure, gentle with his children, uncomfortable with ceremony (his disdain of calfskin gloves becomes a running joke), and firm when needed with colleagues who could not always see the wisdom in the man some considered "the capitulating compromiser.