inhospitable

adjective in·hos·pi·ta·ble \ ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl , (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of inhospitable

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

inhospitableness

noun

inhospitably

play \ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-blē, (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-\ adverb

Examples of inhospitable in a Sentence

  1. It's very inhospitable of him to be so rude to strangers.

  2. the proposal received an unexpectedly inhospitable response from the city council

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First Known Use of inhospitable

circa 1570

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INHOSPITABLE Defined for English Language Learners

inhospitable

Definition of inhospitable for English Language Learners

  • : 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


INHOSPITABLE Defined for Kids

inhospitable

adjective in·hos·pi·ta·ble \ ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl , in-ˈhä-spi- \

Definition of inhospitable for Students

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

inhospitably

\-blē\ adverb

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