from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not costly; not of a high price or value.


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  • Here Cecilia again met Miss Larolles, who came to make various remarks, and infinite ridicule, upon sundry unfashionable or uncostly articles in the dresses of the surrounding company; as well as to complain, with no little resentment, that Mr Meadows was again standing before the fire!

    Cecilia 2008

  • But, unfortunately, he, more than any other writer of his day, has been signalled out for those uncostly extravagances of praise which are fast discrediting us in our own eyes, and are making what should be the art of criticism a mockery, and something of a shame.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray

  • The English have still much of that ancient puritanism which finds a vague sinfulness in the uncostly delights of sunshine, and colour, and ease of mind.

    The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia 1919

  • Morning after morning, from the back-page of your newspaper, quick and uncostly cures for every human ill thrust themselves wildly on you.

    Yet Again Max Beerbohm 1914

  • As for a mere "change of scene," that's quite uncostly. '

    The Return Walter De la Mare 1914

  • In extremely uncostly frames on the wall were the coffin-plates of the departed members of the family.

    Two Little Savages Being the adventures of two boys who lived as Indians and what they learned Ernest Thompson Seton 1903

  • The new air does but make old decadences seem more stale; the young soil does but set into fresh conditions the ready-made, the uncostly, the refuse feeling of a race decivilizing.

    Essays Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell 1884

  • It bore that air of uncostly refinement which is one of the most pleasing outward features of the aloof civilization to which it, though not the Callenders, belonged.

    Kincaid's Battery George Washington Cable 1884

  • So, when a party of friends at a caffè eat or drink, each one pays for what he takes, and pecuniarily, the enjoyment of the evening is uncostly or not, according as each prefers.

    Venetian Life William Dean Howells 1878

  • It is this uncostly gentleness of bearing which gives a winning impression of the whole people, whatever selfishness or real discourtesy lie beneath it.

    Venetian Life William Dean Howells 1878


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