Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[jen-yoo-in] /ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn/
possessing the claimed or attributed character, quality, or origin; not counterfeit; authentic; real:
genuine sympathy; a genuine antique.
properly so called:
a genuine case of smallpox.
free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere:
a genuine person.
descended from the original stock; pure in breed:
a genuine Celtic people.
Origin of genuine
1590-1600; < Latin genuīnus innate, natural = genu-, as in ingenuus native (see ingenuous) + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
genuinely, adverb
genuineness, noun
nongenuine, adjective
nongenuinely, adverb
nongenuineness, noun
quasi-genuine, adjective
quasi-genuinely, adverb
ungenuine, adjective
ungenuinely, adverb
ungenuineness, noun
1. See authentic. 3. true, unaffected, open, honest, forthright.
Pronunciation note
Two pronunciations of genuine occur, with a sharp social contrast between them. The usual educated pronunciation is
[jen-yoo-in] /ˈdʒɛn yu ɪn/ (Show IPA)
with the final syllable unstressed. Among some less educated speakers, especially older ones, genuine is commonly pronounced as
[jen-yoo-ahyn] /ˈdʒɛn yuˌaɪn/
with a secondary stress on the final syllable, which has the vowel of sign. The latter pronunciation is sometimes used deliberately by educated speakers, as for emphasis or humorous effect. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for ungenuine
Historical Examples
  • It is pronounced by some of the best critics to be ungenuine.

    The Cradle of the Christ Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  • Hilary and Anna had lately sung this wail together, but not to its end, she had called it "so ungenuine."

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
British Dictionary definitions for ungenuine


not fake or counterfeit; original; real; authentic
not pretending; frank; sincere
being of authentic or original stock
Derived Forms
genuinely, adverb
genuineness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin genuīnus inborn, hence (in Late Latin) authentic, from gignere to produce
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ungenuine



1590s, "natural, not acquired," from Latin genuinus "native, natural," from root of gignere "beget" (see genus), perhaps influenced in form by contrasting adulterinus "spurious." [Alternative etymology is from Latin genu "knee," from a supposed ancient custom of a father acknowledging paternity of a newborn by placing it on his knee.] Meaning "really proceeding from its reputed source" is from 1660s. Related: Genuinely; genuineness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for ungenuine

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ungenuine