forbidding

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adjective for·bid·ding \fər-ˈbi-diŋ, fȯr-\

Definition of forbidding

  1. 1 :  such as to make approach or passage difficult or impossible forbidding walls

  2. 2 :  disagreeable, repellent a forbidding task

  3. 3 :  grim, menacing a dark forbidding sky

forbiddingly

play \fər-ˈbi-diŋ-lē, fȯr-\ adverb

Examples of forbidding in a sentence

  1. a harsh and forbidding landscape

  2. a dark, forbidding house, that is reputed to be haunted

1599

First Known Use of forbidding

1599


FORBIDDING Defined for English Language Learners

forbidding

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adjective for·bid·ding \fər-ˈbi-diŋ, fȯr-\

Definition of forbidding for English Language Learners

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


FORBIDDING Defined for Kids

forbidding

adjective for·bid·ding \fər-ˈbi-diŋ\

Definition of forbidding for Students

  1. :  tending to frighten or discourage a forbidding old house



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