un·​friend·​ly | \ˌən-ˈfren(d)-lē \

Definition of unfriendly 

: not friendly: such as

a : hostile, unsympathetic an unfriendly nation

b : inhospitable, unfavorable

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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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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 Notably, the Main Cabin seats will be configured in a nine-abreast (3-3-3) layout, a move that comes as a number of global airlines have moved to a passenger-unfriendly 10-abreast (3-4-3) layout for the 777 that crams an extra seat into the cabin. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "First look: Delta shows off first Boeing 777 retrofitted with new cabin interior," 15 June 2018 Drake also refers on the album to buying gifts for his son and to a potentially unfriendly relationship with the boy’s mother. Vogue, "Well, Drake Does Have a Son, It Seems," 29 June 2018 But Pennsylvania is a notoriously unfriendly place for female politicians: the state’s 20-person congressional delegation is entirely male. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "What to watch for in Pa. primary election results," 15 May 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 \
unfriendlier; unfriendliest

Kids Definition of unfriendly

1 : not friendly or kind an unfriendly glance

2 : not agreeable : unfavorable unfriendly conditions

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noxious or harmful

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