un savory

unsavory

[uhn-sey-vuh-ree]
adjective
1.
not savory; tasteless or insipid: an unsavory meal.
2.
unpleasant in taste or smell; distasteful.
3.
unappealing or disagreeable, as a pursuit: Poor teachers can make education unsavory.
4.
socially or morally objectionable or offensive: an unsavory past; an unsavory person.
Also, especially British, unsavoury.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English; see un-1, savory1

unsavorily, adverb
unsavoriness, noun


1. flat, unappetizing.
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unsavory
early 13c., "tasteless, insipid," from un- (1) "not" + savory (adj.). Meaning "unpleasant or disagreeable to the taste" is attested from late 14c.; of persons, from c.1400.
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