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)

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Example Sentences

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 On Saturday, local teenagers looked ahead to the next challenge: keeping human colonists alive on the inhospitable Red Planet. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 On this increasingly warm and inhospitable planet, dressing for extreme heat won't be so much a trend as a necessity, says Rachel Seville Tashjian, fashion news director at Harper's Bazaar and former GQ fashion critic. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 Unlike combination pills, progestin-only pills don’t stop ovulation, but make the uterus inhospitable for pregnancy. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 11 July 2022 It’s a barren and inhospitable rock plopped in a frigid channel in the Arctic. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 But when the Fairpark isn’t filled with happy fairgoers nibbling on cotton candy and fried Oreos, the site can feel lonely, even inhospitable. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2022 The point gets made, again and again, that the 1940s were inhospitable to difference of all kinds. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 11 Aug. 2022 The researchers say this interaction may one day let a robot stand in for a human controller, like a physical avatar, in places that are inhospitable to people. Fionna M. D. Samuels, Scientific American, 30 June 2022 Like the scientists who study them, fungi prosper in even the smallest and most inhospitable niches, from the bottom of the sea to the cracks in wood flooring. Richard Schiffman, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Inhospitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition



in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio)
: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality
He's inhospitable to strangers.

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2022

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