unpretentious

The adjective unpretentious is perfect for describing someone you know who's modest and natural and never tries to impress other people.

Pretentious comes from the Latin word meaning "pretend," prætensus, so when you're unpretentious, you see no reason to pretend. Some of your favorite people are probably unpretentious, tending to be honest and genuine. When extremely talented or well-known people are unpretentious, they feel no need to show off or remind you of their accomplishments. A place can also be described as unpretentious, if it's simple and comfortable, like the cozy, unpretentious cafe where you like to hang out.

Definitions of unpretentious
  1. adjective
    lacking pretension or affectation
    “an unpretentious country church”
    “her quiet unpretentious demeanor”
    Synonyms:
    plain
    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
    honest
    without pretensions
    modest
    free from pomp or affectation
    unpompous
    not pompous
    tasteful
    having or showing or conforming to good taste
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    Antonyms:
    pretentious
    making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction
    arty
    showily imitative of art or artists
    artsy-craftsy, arty-crafty
    pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming
    grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical, portentous
    puffed up with vanity
    grandiose, hifalutin, highfalutin, highfaluting, hoity-toity, la-di-da
    affectedly genteel
    high-flown, high-sounding, inflated
    pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
    jumped-up
    (British informal) upstart
    nouveau-riche, parvenu, parvenue, upstart
    characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
    sententious
    abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing
    sesquipedalian
    given to the overuse of long words
    tasteless
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
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  2. adjective
    not ostentatious
    synonyms: unostentatious, unpretending
    quiet, restrained
    not showy or obtrusive
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    Antonyms:
    ostentatious, pretentious
    intended to attract notice and impress others
    flaunty
    inclined to flaunt
    flamboyant, showy, splashy
    marked by ostentation but often tasteless
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  3. adjective
    exhibiting restrained good taste
    synonyms: understated, unostentatious
    tasteful
    having or showing or conforming to good taste
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