un·​friend·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈfren(d)-lē How to pronounce unfriendly (audio) \

Definition of unfriendly

: not friendly: such as
a : hostile, unsympathetic an unfriendly nation

Examples of unfriendly in a Sentence

They were very unfriendly to us. the unfriendly looks quickly warmed when we were recognized as long-unseen relatives
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First Known Use of unfriendly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfriendly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfriendly. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unfriendly


un·​friend·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈfrend-lē How to pronounce unfriendly (audio) \
unfriendlier; unfriendliest

Kids Definition of unfriendly

1 : not friendly or kind an unfriendly glance
2 : not agreeable : unfavorable unfriendly conditions

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