un·​ap·​proach·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈprō-chə-bəl How to pronounce unapproachable (audio) \

Definition of unapproachable

1 : not approachable : physically inaccessible
2 : discouraging intimacies : reserved

Other Words from unapproachable

unapproachability \ ˌən-​ə-​ˌprō-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unapproachable (audio) \ noun
unapproachably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈprō-​chə-​blē How to pronounce unapproachable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unapproachable in a Sentence

a cold and unapproachable person a nearly unapproachable fortress in the mountains
Recent Examples on the Web In China, top leaders of Zhang's standing remain virtually unapproachable and private even after retirement, which makes reaching him to comment for this story virtually impossible. Nectar Gan And Yong Xiong, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 Leaders without a good dose of self-awareness will appear arrogant, unapproachable and unconnected. Joanna Swash, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Farley: Fundraising can seem unapproachable to those who are new to the craft. Shannon Farley, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2021 The psychic catastrophe of unapproachable canyon houses, windows that functioned as one-way glass, rooms locked in abutment, like coffins. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 That experience led Cahn to realize the majority of crowdfunding platforms were unapproachable for women and people of color. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2020 By petitioning, they could be heard in the corridors of power that were otherwise unapproachable to them. Bright Alozie, Quartz Africa, 7 Aug. 2020 For those of us with a resting, uh, grumpy face, this is the one night of the year that people will actually find your unapproachable look charming. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, 28 Oct. 2019 And those players credit Woods’ influence — as well as their relationship with a previously unapproachable golf god — with helping them unlock potential that may have been channeled into other pursuits. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of unapproachable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unapproachable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unapproachable. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unapproachable

: not easy to talk to or deal with : having an unfriendly manner : not approachable


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