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

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More often, however, we are given to believe that the three men who were put on trial—and especially one of them, a particularly unattractive villain by the name of Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter)—are to blame. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 So much waste of money spent on unattractive ensembles. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Why Some Designers Weren't Happy About This Year's Over-the-Top Met Gala," 8 May 2019 The problem: tissue boxes are unattractive and should never, ever be left out in the open. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "The Life-Changing Magic of Fancy Tissue Box Covers," 28 Mar. 2019 If the country left the euro, Italians’ savings would likely evaporate from their bank accounts — an unattractive option for leaders who will need to face voters. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Italy’s political crisis is a gut punch to Europe," 30 May 2018 Yep, the guy has basically never had an unattractive stage in his entire life. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Nate Berkus’s Throwback Photos Are The Instagram Content You Never Knew You Needed," 25 Jan. 2019 So extending a path to citizenship for DREAMers or anyone else in exchange for a not-very-useful wall is an unattractive deal. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 With no basement, attic or spare room, unglamorous documents have no home and can end up stacked in plain sight in utilitarian boxes, unattractive reminders of the bureaucracy of life. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 But for anyone who went to Tiger Stadium to watch an unattractive home schedule, there was a consistent noticeable number of empty seats and bundles of scalpers' tickets for sale. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Greg Sankey doesn't want the SEC under the gun," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unattractive

1813, in the meaning defined above

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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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