un·​friend·​ly ˌən-ˈfren(d)-lē How to pronounce unfriendly (audio)
: not friendly: such as
: hostile, unsympathetic
an unfriendly nation

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unfriendly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfriendly. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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un·​friend·​ly ˌən-ˈfren-(d)lē How to pronounce unfriendly (audio)
: not friendly or kind : hostile
an unfriendly greeting
: not agreeable
an unfriendly environment
unfriendliness noun

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