un·​ap·​peal·​ing | \ ˌən-ə-ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce unappealing (audio) \

Definition of unappealing

: not appealing : unattractive

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from unappealing

unappealingly \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈpē-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce unappealingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unappealing in a Sentence

an unappealing mess of dirt and trash in the corner of the room

Recent Examples on the Web

Tony Stark’s goatee monstrosity helps get across his haughtiness, as Walker explains, as no regular civilian would have the courage to shape their scruff into something so physically unappealing. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The enduring legacy and fantasy of Captain America’s beard, explained," 18 June 2019 Name Withheld Preparing for your own death can be unappealing, and your husband’s response, though unhelpful, isn’t unusual. New York Times, "My Husband’s Will Pits Me Against Our Daughter. What Can I Do?," 11 June 2019 The couple were less bothered by the traffic than with the unappealing view. Joyce Cohen, New York Times, "Looking for a Fixer-Upper in Park Slope," 4 Jan. 2018 Millionaire Runner and Tip Sheet are each former claiming horses with unappealing records. Tom Jicha, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nine horses pursue Florida Derby’s $1 million and Kentucky Derby points," 30 Mar. 2018 But at a World Cup where he is billed as a major draw, pictures of him with Kadyrov were an unappealing start. John Leicester, Fox News, "Column: Salah suckered in inauspicious World Cup start," 12 June 2018 In order to produce champagne's signature bubbles, the wine must undergo a second fermentation in the bottle with a dose of yeast and sugars, but the yeast would leave unappealing sediment in the bottom of the bottle and leave the wine cloudy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 This forced older consumers to choose: Spend money and energy on an unappealing technology, or go without it. Joseph F. Coughlin And Luke Yoquinto, WSJ, "Technology for Older People Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly," 14 Oct. 2018 Fasting Shortcuts Even though fasting and caloric restriction can offer health benefits, both require eating less — something unappealing to most people. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unappealing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unappealing

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unappealing

Statistics for unappealing

Last Updated

20 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for unappealing

The first known use of unappealing was circa 1846

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unappealing



English Language Learners Definition of unappealing

: not attractive or appealing

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on unappealing

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with unappealing

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unappealing

Spanish Central: Translation of unappealing

Nglish: Translation of unappealing for Spanish Speakers

Comments on unappealing

What made you want to look up unappealing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no luck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!