Dictionary

forbidding

adjective

: not friendly or appealing : having a frightening or threatening appearance

Full Definition of FORBIDDING

1
:  such as to make approach or passage difficult or impossible <forbidding walls>
2
:  disagreeable, repellent <a forbidding task>
3
:  grim, menacing <a dark forbidding sky>
for·bid·ding·ly \-ˈbi-diŋ-lē\ adverb
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of FORBIDDING

  1. a harsh and forbidding landscape
  2. <a dark, forbidding house, that is reputed to be haunted>

First Known Use of FORBIDDING

1599
FORBIDDING Defined for Kids

forbidding

adjective for·bid·ding \fər-ˈbi-diŋ\

Definition of FORBIDDING for Kids

:  tending to frighten or discourage <a forbidding old house>

Browse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: forbivorousPrevious Word in the Dictionary: forbidden fruitAll Words Near: forbidding
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears