un·​at·​trac·​tive ˌən-ə-ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce unattractive (audio)
: not attractive : plain, dull
unattractively adverb
unattractiveness noun

Examples of unattractive in a Sentence

an unattractive, awkward baby bird
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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unattractive was in 1813

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“Unattractive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattractive. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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un·​at·​trac·​tive -ˈtrak-tiv How to pronounce unattractive (audio)
: not attractive : plain
unattractively adverb
unattractiveness noun

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