uninviting

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from uninviting

uninvitingly adverb

Examples of uninviting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 In different hands, a space like that could feel cold and uninviting. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "So This Is The Secret to Making a Modern Home Feel Cozy," 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, "In life, Kate Spade made women feel beautiful. In death, she reminds us of pain unseen," 5 June 2018 One of the ideas residents stressed — and that Ambrose picked up on — is to open up the riverfront, which for decades has been uninviting. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "How a little-known Indianapolis developer got in position to land Amazon's HQ2," 3 June 2018 Beyond the cockroach, other seemingly uninviting spectacles include a 5-foot-long bloodsucking bedbug, a very hairy bumblebee, and deadly red scorpions. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "17 gigantic bugs have crawled into the Academy of Natural Sciences for 'Xtreme Bugs' exhibit," 22 May 2018 When former White House intern Monica Lewinsky excoriated Town & Country magazine for uninviting her from an event because Bill Clinton decided to attend, Carter recognized himself in her indignity. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Carter Page Compares His “Torture” to John McCain and Abu Zubaydah," 11 May 2018 Some people agreed that uninviting Lewinsky was bad manners. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "A Parkland shooting survivor was invited to a fancy event. The guest list got awkward. | Miami Herald," 9 May 2018 Eggshell Decades ago chemists created the eggshell finish, which was a compromise for indoor environments needing more durability for wiping off hand marks while also holding back that thick glossy look that can make a large space look uninviting. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "High-gloss? Eggshell? Satin? When to use which sheen for your painting project," 9 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'uninviting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of uninviting

1686, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about uninviting

Time Traveler for uninviting

Time Traveler

The first known use of uninviting was in 1686

See more words from the same year

Statistics for uninviting

Cite this Entry

“Uninviting.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninviting. Accessed 18 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for uninviting

uninviting

adjective
How to pronounce uninviting (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of uninviting

: not appealing or attractive : not inviting

More from Merriam-Webster on uninviting

Spanish Central: Translation of uninviting

Comments on uninviting

What made you want to look up uninviting? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!