forbidding

adjective
for·​bid·​ding | \ fər-ˈbi-diŋ How to pronounce forbidding (audio) , fȯr- \

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

Other Words from forbidding

forbiddingly \ fər-​ˈbi-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce forbidding (audio) , fȯr-​ \ adverb

Examples of forbidding in a Sentence

a harsh and forbidding landscape a dark, forbidding house, that is reputed to be haunted
Recent Examples on the Web Beautiful in a forbidding, raw-boned way, with about half its territory above the Arctic Circle, it is separated from the westernmost Alaskan reaches of America by just 86 kilometers. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 14 Jan. 2022 In Florida, searchers on Thursday spent a fifth unsuccessful day searching for Laundrie in the forbidding wilderness preserve near his parents’ home. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 His latest film, made inside a hospital in Queens as the COVID-19 pandemic hammered New York City in 2020, proved more forbidding than any of his previous projects. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 In Florida, searchers on Thursday spent a fifth unsuccessful day searching for Laundrie in the forbidding wilderness preserve near his parents’ home. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 In Florida, searchers on Thursday spent a fifth unsuccessful day searching for Laundrie in the forbidding wilderness preserve near his parents’ home. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Sep. 2021 When bad things go down in Charles Dickens, the scene is set in a forbidding moor. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 The Svalbard vault, known for its forbidding modern design, is a kind of seed ark, designed to protect Earth’s biodiversity in case of Armageddon; seeds are not supposed to leave it unless something goes very, very wrong. Helen Sullivan, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2021 The outdoors search includes thousands of acres of forbidding, swampy subtropical terrain replete with alligators, snakes, bobcats, coyotes, turkey, deer and many other wild creatures. Curt Anderson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of forbidding

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jan 2022

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“Forbidding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forbidding. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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forbidding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forbidding

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

forbidding

adjective
for·​bid·​ding | \ fər-ˈbi-diŋ \

Kids Definition of forbidding

: tending to frighten or discourage a forbidding old house

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