unpolished

An unpolished object has a dull or matte surface, rather than a shiny one. An unpolished person, on the other hand, is socially awkward or unsophisticated.

The gravel in a parking lot is unpolished, while the marbles you collect in a jar are highly polished and shiny. When you use this adjective to describe people and the way they act, they're lacking a figurative kind of polish instead. An unpolished speech wasn't practiced and perfected but is improvised and rough. Unpolished behavior at a fancy restaurant might embarrass the other diners (especially if it involves belching or feet on the table).

Definitions of unpolished
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adj not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing

“dull unpolished shoes”
Synonyms:
dull
emitting or reflecting very little light
raw
untempered and unrefined
rough
not perfected
unburnished
of metals e.g.; not made shiny and smooth by friction
unrefined
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
Antonyms:
polished
perfected or made shiny and smooth
bright
emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
bright, burnished, lustrous, shining, shiny
made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow
finished
(of skills or the products of skills) brought to or having the greatest excellence; perfected
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adj lacking social polish

Synonyms:
gauche, graceless
inelegant
lacking in refinement or grace or good taste

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