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

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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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By the way, some parents have asked for guidance on the best way to talk to their children about our unfriendly environment. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Singin’ in the Acid Rain," 24 June 2019 That resulted in a production schedule that was decidedly worker-unfriendly (since the movie was in production basically around the clock for those nine months). Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Toy Story 2 is the best Toy Story," 21 June 2019 Wyman, a single mother who relied on her job to support herself and her child, agreed to the dinners to maintain her job security and ensure she wasn’t seen as unmotivated or unfriendly, the suit claimed. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Boss at Warriors sponsor Rakuten sabotaged woman’s job for spurning his advances, lawsuit claims," 6 June 2019 While these practices have always been environmentally unfriendly, they have generally been pursued under the notion that nature is fundamentally and infinitely resilient. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 Consumption tax in China is imposed on luxury goods such as high-end cosmetics and jewelry, and items deemed environmentally unfriendly, like cars and gasoline. Wsj Graphics, WSJ, "Apple Warning: Seven Charts That Show the Pressure on China’s Consumers," 2 Jan. 2019 Fact is, Warren comes off as stern, abrasive and unfriendly. James Freeman, WSJ, "Gender, Likability and Opportunity," 7 Jan. 2019 The Senate will most likely block any unfriendly legislation that House Democrats might advance, avoiding the need for the president to use his veto power. Peter Baker, The Seattle Times, "A partisan war awaits Trump. That just might suit him.," 6 Nov. 2018 First-person shooters are notorious for their hostile fan cultures, which can be unfriendly to just about everyone, in particular women and minorities. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of unfriendly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfriendly was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unfriendly

: not kind or helpful
: not showing kind or friendly feelings
: harmful or unpleasant


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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