un·​in·​vit·​ing ˌən-in-ˈvī-tiŋ How to pronounce uninviting (audio)
: not appealing or attractive : not inviting
a bleak, uninviting landscape
an uninviting manner
uninvitingly adverb

Examples of uninviting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The station is sparse and uninviting. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Jan. 2022 Too much furniture can quickly overwhelm a space, while too little furniture might appear sparse or uninviting. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Feb. 2023 Unlike most native New Yorkers, Teitelbaum doesn’t despise the uninviting, cavernous venue Terminal 5. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2023 The pandemic, homelessness and months of protests rocked perceptions of downtown Portland in the pandemic’s first year, with metro area residents reporting that downtown felt unsafe and uninviting. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2022 Similarly, a massive table with tiny decorative elements will look vast and uninviting. Dominique Gebru, House Beautiful, 26 Sep. 2022 One of her outdoor strolls led her to the Portola Pedestrian Overpass, an uninviting footbridge that links at least five residential neighborhoods in western San Francisco. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2022 Polling last year by The Oregonian/OregonLive found Portland residents considered downtown unsafe and uninviting – but vitally important to the region’s future. oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2022 The entrance to the galleries is down a set of steps and largely out of sight, an uninviting contrast with the attention-getting architecture of some its Grand Avenue neighbors, which include the new Broad and Walt Disney Concert Hall. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 4 Dec. 2023.

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