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un-English

[uhn-ing-glish] /ʌnˈɪŋ glɪʃ/
adjective
1.
not English; not characteristic of the English.
2.
not conforming to standard, accepted, or native English language usage.
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  • This was in her own, quite calm and detached little voice with its un-English accent.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • I hope they will; for Christmas-day without a turkey will be very un-English.

    The Settlers in Canada Frederick Marryat
  • His vivacity was un-English, yet at the back of his nature there lay surely a stagnant reservoir of melancholy.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • To dictate to a man to whom he was to pay wages was, in the last degree, un-English.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Lassigny was very stiff now, and entirely un-English in manner, and even in appearance.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
  • Yet he was as hopelessly un-French as a Welshman of the hills is to this day un-English.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • The psychical aspect of the proceeding seems not altogether un-English.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • Was his hair cut in a way so un-English that it had paralyzed him?

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • I leant across and put my arms around him; I suppose it was un-English; there are times when one forgets these points.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • He denounced the sentiment as 'un-English,' and got much cheered.

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli
Word Origin and History for un-English
adj.

"lacking in qualities regarded as typically English," 1630s, from un- (1) "not" + English (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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