in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) \

Definition of inhospitable

1 : not showing hospitality : not friendly or receptive
2 : providing no shelter or sustenance an inhospitable environment

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Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitableness noun
inhospitably \ ˌin-​(ˌ)hä-​ˈspi-​tə-​blē How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , (ˌ)in-​ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

Examples of inhospitable in a Sentence

It's very inhospitable of him to be so rude to strangers. the proposal received an unexpectedly inhospitable response from the city council
Recent Examples on the Web Nevada is infamously inhospitable to everyone but Elvis impersonators, and California is always burning. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 16 July 2021 The jagged terrain is so inhospitable to vehicles that the trains were halted so fire crews could drive on the tracks to get closer to the fire. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 July 2021 Despite an inhospitable environment, fishermen and hunters have worked here for more than 10,000 years thanks in large part to demand for the eggs and down of the eider duck. David Nikel, Forbes, 26 June 2021 Then researchers plumbed beneath the seafloor of the world’s deepest ocean—nearly 11,000 meters beneath the surface to one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet. James Nestor, Scientific American, 12 Feb. 2018 Roaming through the swampy, inhospitable vastness of the Everglades, there exist foul-smelling, hairy, bipedal creatures that are purported to have glowing eyes, weigh 500 pounds and stand 6-8 feet tall. Patrick Connolly,, 25 June 2021 Perhaps extraterrestrials could resemble extremophiles that can survive in environments that are dramatically inhospitable to us. Lisa Kaltenegger, CNN, 23 June 2021 Family farmers often describe the conflict as one that pits them against federal bureaucrats who protect the suckerfish, imperiled as the lake grows more inhospitable. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 This cycle continues, and the culture remains stagnant at best and inhospitable (even dangerous) to employees at worst. Ellevate, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of inhospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inhospitable was circa 1570

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22 Jul 2021

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“Inhospitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inhospitable

: not generous and friendly to guests or visitors
: having an environment where plants, animals, or people cannot live or grow easily
: not ready or willing to accept or consider something


in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , in-ˈhä-spi- \

Kids Definition of inhospitable

: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality He's inhospitable to strangers.

Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitably \ -​blē \ adverb


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