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
Recent Examples on the Web Getting ahead of some of the concerns could help appease investors who may be wary of the unfriendly reception other tech titans, like Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc. and Slack Technologies Inc. received last year. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "Airbnb Revamps Corporate Governance, Tying Bonuses to Safety," 29 Apr. 2020 Rhinos are nearly blind as a bat and tend to fly solo, which makes detecting an unfriendly hunter or defending themselves from one a tricky task. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Rhinos pay a painful price for oxpecker protection," 16 Apr. 2020 Daily posts crowdsource tips about the best ways to revive a dull complexion or address the beginning signs of gravity’s unfriendly tug on neck skin and eyelids. Nia Decaille, Washington Post, "In a youth-obsessed industry, Reddit provides space for beauty fans over 30. Here are their best skin-care tips.," 6 Mar. 2020 Beyond the expulsions of the Journal reporters, the Chinese government has repeatedly allowed the visas of foreign correspondents whose work is perceived as unfriendly to lapse, forcing them to leave the country. New York Times, "U.S. Limits Chinese Staff at News Agencies Controlled by Beijing," 2 Mar. 2020 Often times, the greatest casualty in an unfriendly schedule is the goaltender. Richard Morin, azcentral, "How much can Darcy Kuemper impact Arizona Coyotes' playoff chase?," 25 Feb. 2020 Overall, growth rates in the Trump-unfriendly Pacific coast region easily outstripped the rates in the Trump-friendly plains. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Today, Voters’ Choice Isn’t All About the Economy," 20 Jan. 2020 Here’s why that’s so damaging — Brown isn’t wrong.’’ The NFL players are the ones who signed off on a series of labor-unfriendly collective bargaining agreements, and Kraft’s Florida episode is immaterial as to whether Brown qualifies for his bonus. BostonGlobe.com, "We need answers from team ownership on a couple of matters," 24 Sep. 2019 In Montgomery, a big factor discouraging job growth is the county’s reputation as being unfriendly to business. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "Prince George’s overtakes Montgomery as top job creator in Maryland suburbs," 20 Jan. 2020

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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 29 May. 2020.

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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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