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)
: not showing hospitality : not friendly or receptive
: providing no shelter or sustenance
an inhospitable environment
inhospitableness noun
ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-blē How to pronounce inhospitable (audio)

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 Today’s travelers to Egypt will find the ancient pyramids surrounded by barren, inhospitable desert landscapes. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2024 Although the roughly 40 mile stretch of Western Desert Plateau foothills is largely inhospitable terrain today, river sediment located deep underground indicates that wasn’t always the case. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for inhospitable 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhospitable was circa 1570

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“Inhospitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble ˌin-(ˌ)häs-ˈpit-ə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) (ˈ)in-ˈhäs-(ˌ)pit- How to pronounce inhospitable (audio)
: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality
: providing no shelter or food : barren
an inhospitable desert
inhospitably adverb
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