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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An unattractive stadium built in the wrong part of town. John Romano, orlandosentinel.com, "The Montreal perspective on the Rays’ split-season proposal," 14 July 2019 Terra-cotta pots are beautiful, but as time goes by water evaporating from the sides and rim can leave behind unattractive mineral salt residues. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Plant for the butterflies and other garden tips for early May," 5 May 2019 That has the potential to dramatically reshape investors’ portfolios after years of easy-money policies made bonds relatively unattractive. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Outflows From U.S. Stocks Swell as Investors Seek Refuge in Bonds," 26 July 2018 All staffed by unattractive people in their late twenties, professional narcs with bad skin and waterproof sandals. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 The Ducks would likely have to retain some of his salary or take on another unattractive contract in a trade situation. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Ducks expected to hire Dallas Eakins as their next coach," 16 June 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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