un·​in·​vit·​ing | \ ˌən-in-ˈvī-tiŋ How to pronounce uninviting (audio) \

Definition of uninviting

: not appealing or attractive : not inviting a bleak, uninviting landscape an uninviting manner

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Other Words from uninviting

uninvitingly adverb

Examples of uninviting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At our worst, city Alaskans often view the villages as bleak and uninviting places. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2021 Yet questions remain about the pass rush, O-line, a pair of running backs returning from serious injuries … not to mention an uninviting schedule. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2020 The regularity of moments like these, some obviously racially rooted, others less so, made the Capitol’s gilded and marbled corridors feel like an uninviting and intimidating place to be a person of color. Ricardo Lopez, The New Yorker, 10 June 2020 The next option won’t be open until the following day and Autumn and Skyler, not having enough money to spend on a hotel, are only able to wander the cold, wet and uninviting city until morning. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2020 For businesses open at night, the garbage mounds are uninviting obstacles standing between the storefronts and their customers. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 The devastation of their country currently makes return very uninviting, particularly for refugees in Europe, who live in relative comfort compared with their compatriots in squalid camps in Lebanon or Jordan. The Economist, 5 Sep. 2019 In different hands, a space like that could feel cold and uninviting. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, 8 Mar. 2019 Even conservatives are calling out Trump for uninviting Eagles Fewer than 10 Philadelphia Eagles players reportedly planned to show up for President Trump's ceremony to honor the Super Bowl champs. Editors, USA TODAY, 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of uninviting

1686, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninviting was in 1686

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“Uninviting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninviting. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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: not appealing or attractive : not inviting

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