un·​ap·​pe·​tiz·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈa-pə-ˌtī-ziŋ How to pronounce unappetizing (audio) \

Definition of unappetizing

: not appetizing : insipid, unattractive

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unappetizingly \ ˌən-​ˈa-​pə-​ˌtī-​ziŋ-​lē How to pronounce unappetizing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unappetizing in a Sentence

the array of unappetizing foods that we encountered at that cheap roadside restaurant
Recent Examples on the Web But Beijing's recent crackdown in Hong Kong is an unappetizing example of how such promises play out. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "The message Kamala Harris sends as Biden's vice presidential pick," 12 Aug. 2020 Throughout the history of cookery, most recipes aimed to transform an unappetizing raw product into something delightful and delectable. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Boxed Mac and Cheese Became a Pantry Staple," 12 June 2020 Although the recent retractions may be unappetizing, medical science has been very successful over the long run. Mark R. O'brian, The Conversation, "Retractions and controversies over coronavirus research show that the process of science is working as it should," 6 July 2020 But this was raw and angry politics as blood sport and served perhaps only to underscore even more how unappetizing political debate has become. WSJ, "Second Presidential Debate: Live Analysis of Clinton vs. Trump," 10 Oct. 2016 Their comeuppance has, let’s say, an amusingly unappetizing flavor. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "‘Timon of Athens’ is tricky Shakespeare. A fearless director gets it right.," 25 Feb. 2020 Additionally, billions of Bloomberg’s war chest will be used to remove several unappetizing qualities from his current personality, including arrogance, touchiness, and a glaring inability to hide his contempt for others. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Bloomberg to Spend Ten Billion Dollars to Buy Entirely Different Personality," 20 Feb. 2020 Come Day 34, the burger, its bun and toppings are all coated in a natural, if wildly unappetizing, green fuzz. Melissa Locker, Time, "Burger King Wants You to See How Moldy This Whopper Can Get Thanks to the March of Time," 19 Feb. 2020 Forced to resort to game manager mode, Brady has faced unappetizing choices. BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome to Tom Brady’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of unappetizing

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Unappetizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unappetizing. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unappetizing

: not appealing to a person's taste : not attractive or appetizing

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