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

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Other Words from unapproachable

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

Examples of unapproachable in a Sentence

a cold and unapproachable person a nearly unapproachable fortress in the mountains

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On the surface, Michelangelo’s David seems so unapproachable in size (as does the size of the line outside the Accademia Gallery). Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel officers are unapproachable on the street. Ramona Sentinel, "CHP to host Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday," 6 June 2018 The room itself feels something like beatnik-chic, draped in lavish vintage touches that feel lux but not unapproachable. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "12 places to grab food and drinks around our favorite music venues in Chicago," 18 Oct. 2017 In the past, her self-defensiveness has made her look selfish and unapproachable. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Can Iggy Azalea Be Her Own Savior?," 19 Apr. 2018 Homeless advocates are skeptical of the number, as am I. There’s also the matter of how many of these restrooms are in unapproachable places, such as the Capitol, the Convention Center, the California State Lottery and the Crocker Art Museum. Erika D. Smith, sacbee, "How long will Sacramento let homeless people use the city like a toilet? | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Mar. 2018 Some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Richmond Police Department joins Coffee with a Cop program," 6 Mar. 2018 Because New York Fashion Week, in all of its unapproachable, unattainable glory, has resurrected the claw clip, making it a completely wearable, incredibly exciting trend that’s about to infiltrate your Insta feeds for the entirety of 2018. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Biggest Trend from New York Fashion Week: Your Mother's 1990s Claw Clip," 12 Feb. 2018 Originally built in 1865, The Lodge has the every element of an elegant country house but manages never to feel stuffy or unapproachable. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Lodge at Ashford Castle," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unapproachable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unapproachable was in 1581

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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