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

Definition of unappealing

: not appealing : unattractive

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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 These essential oils are known for being unappealing to mosquitoes (and other pests, including ticks). Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Your Own Mosquito Wipes for a Bite-Free Summer," 25 June 2020 The narrative thrust thus becomes Rose's awakening and the evolving dynamic between the women, though Stuhlbarg is quite good, despite the stilted and unappealing nature of his character. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Elisabeth Moss again outshines the movie as a troubled writer in 'Shirley'," 5 June 2020 Boxwood is another shrub that proves unappealing to area ungulates. cleveland, "Defeat deer with smart and easy landscape solutions," 4 June 2020 The fact of the matter is that, until there is reliable, widespread COVID-19 testing, going in for surgery will be a whole new ballgame — and even then, surgery might still be unappealing for many who considered it before the pandemic. Lexy Lebsack, refinery29.com, "COVID-19 Will Change Cosmetic Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Forever," 22 May 2020 At 31 and nine seasons in, enduring another rebuild was unappealing. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: In Trent Williams trade, Pro Bowl OT and 49ers emerge as winners as Redskins pay for mistakes," 25 Apr. 2020 What matters to them is that their children flourish equally, and this might mean giving the kids unequal amounts—an unappealing prospect. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "The Equality Conundrum," 6 Jan. 2020 But the yukhoe features long strands of meat, which many Western diners found difficult to chew and visually unappealing, Lim said. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Bucking traditions at new Korean restaurant, plus more Chicago restaurant openings," 23 July 2019 For a young journalist, this is an unappealing line of questioning. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How a Journalist in Kyiv Responded to the Downing of a Ukrainian Passenger Plane," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unappealing

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unappealing was circa 1846

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29 Jun 2020

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“Unappealing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unappealing. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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: not attractive or appealing

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