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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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 Unfortunately, a big hole in our military capability was thus left to be exploited by unfriendly nations. WSJ, "A Viable Space Force Starts With Antisatellite Weapons," 8 July 2018 Also, the many beach-goers in places such as Daytona make for an unfriendly mollusk environment. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seashell Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 21 June 2018 With nice weather officially here, spending more time outdoors inevitably ups your chances of an unfriendly encounter. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Bee Stings You," 6 June 2017 Sonos could theoretically find itself in a similarly consumer-unfriendly dispute at some point in the future. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Sonos files for IPO, positions its products as alternatives to screen addiction," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of unfriendly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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