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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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 Reese blamed hassles with the police and a generally unfriendly atmosphere for the departure. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: 1987 portraits highlight L.A.'s homeless plight," 7 Mar. 2018 That is, no doubt, in part the consequence of their location, for big cities tend to be unfriendly and pricey. The Economist, "London has excellent universities—but unhappy students," 5 July 2018 But the ruling Bharatiya has earned a reputation for intimidating reporters with massive lawsuits, pressuring media barons to sack unfriendly editors, and using lap-dog television channels and a vicious troll army to smear political opponents. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "I Think I’m Going to Kathmandu, Say the Chinese," 28 June 2018 The French ran out 3-1 winners over Italy, but Pogba was on the receiving end of some unfriendly jeers from his own supporters. SI.com, "France Boss Didier Deschamps Leaps to Paul Pogba's Defence Following Jeers From His Own Fans," 2 June 2018 Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt comes to San Francisco and gets an unfriendly reception. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 The conversation took a unfriendly turn when a party of the two other patrons stated they were part of another motorcycle club. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sheriff’s Office responds to shooting at bar," 15 June 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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