unappetizing

adjective

un·​ap·​pe·​tiz·​ing ˌən-ˈa-pə-ˌtī-ziŋ How to pronounce unappetizing (audio)
: not appetizing : insipid, unattractive
unappetizingly 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 Cook them too long and an unappetizing greenish ring can appear around the center. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 2 Feb. 2024 Many voters will choose by deciding which unappetizing candidate to vote against, not which champion to vote for. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 While excellent French menus were enjoyed by many who were traveling, the queen dined on food brought from Windsor, including an Irish stew which was kept lukewarm in red flannel pouches hung from the carriages—an unappetizing practice that persisted on the queen’s subsequent visits to the south. Jonathan Miles, Town & Country, 5 Sep. 2023 But potato farming in particular shows how a host of seemingly unrelated factors — the demands of industrial French fry production, for example, or the fact that people will spend more money for fries with fewer unappetizing dark spots — can send water use soaring. Mira Rojanasakul, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 Commercial products with unappetizing ingredients There are also commercial products available that contain specific ingredients aimed at making stool unappetizing for dogs. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2023 Despite its unappetizing name, MACS0647-JD has given astronomers a taste for the diversity of galaxies that formed within the first 500 million years of the universe. Syris Valentine, Scientific American, 11 July 2023 The Tribune recently spoke to migrants from nine shelters who said that they are crowded in hotel rooms or sleeping on the ground, eating cold and unappetizing meals and unsure of where to find resources. Nell Salzman, Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2023 The nearly ubiquitous appearance of Asian cuisines across social media confirms a growing obsession with the foods across the U.S. — a far cry from the days when Asian dishes were deemed either cheap and unappetizing, or too foreign and exotic. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 15 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unappetizing was in 1884

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“Unappetizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unappetizing. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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