Dictionary

unlikely

adjective un·like·ly \-ˈlī-klē\

: not likely

: not seeming to be right or suited for a purpose

Full Definition of UNLIKELY

1
:  not likely :  improbable <an unlikely outcome>
2
:  likely to fail :  unpromising
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of UNLIKELY

  1. He was an unlikely candidate for the position.
  2. A big city seems like an unlikely place to find wildlife.
  3. I received support from an unlikely ally.

First Known Use of UNLIKELY

14th century
UNLIKELY Defined for Kids

unlikely

adjective un·like·ly \ən-ˈlī-klē\
un·like·li·erun·like·li·est

Definition of UNLIKELY for Kids

1
:  not likely <an unlikely story>
2
:  not promising <This is an unlikely place for fishing.>

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: unlimberPrevious Word in the Dictionary: unlikelinessAll Words Near: unlikely
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