un·​at·​trac·​tive | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce unattractive (audio) \

Definition of unattractive

: not attractive : plain, dull

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Other Words from unattractive

unattractively adverb
unattractiveness noun

Examples of unattractive in a Sentence

an unattractive, awkward baby bird
Recent Examples on the Web The leaves of my split-leaf philodendrons have been damaged and are looking unattractive. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Trim damaged leaves off of split-leaf philodendrons now, but wait until spring to trim the trunk," 20 Jan. 2021 But the oversize menorahs in use were often ungainly and unattractive, fashioned in a simple way from PVC pipe. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Jersey Rabbi Aims to Light Up World, One 12-Foot Menorah at a Time," 9 Dec. 2020 Last year, the leaves all turned yellow and fell off, leaving the plants looking leggy and unattractive. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Nothing says holiday like poinsettias -- make yours last through the season with these tips," 1 Dec. 2020 Using two different patterns for the top and bottom would be a jarring, unattractive look and should be avoided. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Blazers and sport coats/jackets are not the same thing," 4 Jan. 2021 To avoid this unattractive outcome, companies, government organizations, educational institutions, and philanthropic organizations need to join forces to reskill American workers, focusing on digital and computer capabilities. Bill George, Fortune, "We need a G.I. Bill for frontline workers, the heroes of COVID-19," 27 Oct. 2020 Lingering brown plant portions are unattractive, and most gardeners remove them as needed. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Install bougainvilleas now, unless there is a freeze risk," 26 Dec. 2020 Towfiq has testified that the art installation near their property line was unattractive once protective netting was put up, blocking the view from their seaside home on an exclusive stretch of South Coast Highway. Laurence Darmiento Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill Gross denies harassing neighbor with ‘Gilligan’s Island’ music in dispute over sculpture," 15 Dec. 2020 Only two years ago, on being named to the job, Ms. Friedman literally pounded a table to insist her overriding goal would be to reduce the bureaucratic disincentives that make a public listing so unattractive to young companies. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "A Nasdaq Chief’s Diversity Stunt," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unattractive

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unattractive was in 1813

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11 Feb 2021

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

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English Language Learners Definition of unattractive

: not beautiful, interesting, or pleasing : not attractive


un·​at·​trac·​tive | \ ˌən-ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce unattractive (audio) \

Kids Definition of unattractive

: not attractive : plain

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