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[uhn-di-sting-gwisht] /ˌʌn dɪˈstɪŋ gwɪʃt/
having no distinguishing marks or features.
without any claim to distinction:
an undistinguished performance.
unnoticed; inconspicuous:
He was an undistinguished part of the crowd.
not separated or divided, as by sets or categories.
Origin of undistinguished
1585-95; un-1 + distinguished
1. ordinary, common, unexceptional, unremarkable. Unabridged
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  • We mostly remember long waits in lines to buy overpriced, slightly warm sodas and undistinguished postcards.
  • By big-time galactic standards, our star is quite undistinguished.
  • The fact is, twenty years ago the city had an undistinguished downtown.
  • The city declared the charming but architecturally undistinguished buildings historic landmarks, blocking demolition for a year.
  • His thematically undistinguished narrative gives no cause for complaints, does one no favors.
  • He has not played football since an undistinguished stint on the offensive line of his freshman team in high school.
  • There was money in those undistinguished apartment houses and wood-frame houses, they said, more money than met the eye.
  • They turn an undistinguished yellow in the fall before dropping.
  • He could have borne to live an undistinguished life, but not to be forgotten in the grave.
  • Driveways should be the minimum width required and large undistinguished curb cuts should be avoided.
British Dictionary definitions for undistinguished


not particularly good or bad: an undistinguished career
without distinction: undistinguished features
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for undistinguished

1590s, "not kept distinct," from un- (1) "not" + distinguished. Meaning "not elevated above others" is attested from 1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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