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 Having ample refuges from unfriendly weather is nice too. Chris Sosa, chicagotribune.com, "Column: New Comiskey Park opened 30 years ago today. Thank goodness the Chicago White Sox keep hitting the refresh button on their ballpark.," 18 Apr. 2021 Without help, there will be a lack of transportation diversification and simply more of the same: unsustainable traffic and streets that are unfriendly to pedestrians. Rudy Salo, Forbes, "The Dark Side Of Electrification: Suburbs 2.0?," 15 Apr. 2021 Still, the building trades can be unfriendly to women. Marie Solis, Fortune, "Women in construction could get a big boost from Biden’s infrastructure plan," 2 Apr. 2021 The bill faces an unfriendly climb in the Senate, where near-universal GOP opposition in a split chamber is almost certain to sink the legislation. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Ari Fleischer: New York's ID requirement for vaccine is 'tantamount to vaccination suppression'," 11 Mar. 2021 Following Florida, the rest of the top 10 states for most pedestrian-unfriendly were, in order, Alabama, New Mexico, Mississippi, Delaware, Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida is 13th-most dangerous region in America for pedestrians; Florida is most dangerous state," 19 Mar. 2021 The plants were not always presumed to be environmentally unfriendly. Rebecca Tuhus-dubrow, The New Yorker, "The Activists Who Embrace Nuclear Power," 19 Feb. 2021 These loud, crowded environments are unfriendly to neurodivergent people, and their aisles are often too narrow to accommodate most mobility aids. Krystal Vasquez, Scientific American, "Virtual Conferences Aren't as Accessible as You Might Think," 18 Feb. 2021 Staged in 2019 using a homemade ramp, the stunt drew an unfriendly response from the Department of Natural Resources. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "With throttles wide open, small-town "CBoys" achieve YouTube stardom," 28 Jan. 2021

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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 9 May. 2021.

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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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