un·​lik·​able ˌən-ˈlī-kə-bəl How to pronounce unlikable (audio)
variants or less commonly unlikeable
: not having pleasant or appealing qualities : not likable
an utterly unlikable character

Examples of unlikable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An unlikable character without an inner life is merely unlikable — and uninteresting. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 Mulkey, whose courtside outfits are louder than the crowd, is America’s most unlikable coach by acclimation. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 1 Apr. 2024 Writers Jeon Woo-sung, Choi Byeong Yun, and Kwak Jae Min allow all the characters to remain thoroughly unlikable, confident that the propulsive thrills of their story will keep viewers invested until the last frame. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 2 Oct. 2023 With Adlon there to spot them, Glazer and Buteau trust-fall into their respective parts, potentially unlikable qualities and all. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Mar. 2024 The pushback Jackson is now getting form AEW’s fanbase, however, paints AEW as an stubborn, territorial and unlikable promotion. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 But this is a dumb middle ground in which Colter Shaw is neither likable nor interestingly unlikable in his pursuit. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2024 The actors integrate it all seamlessly while maintaining the aching humanity of their increasingly unlikable characters. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 3 Apr. 2023 Peter’s wife Kayla is deeply unlikable from the get-go, relentlessly petty despite him working such a big case. Erik Kain, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unlikable was in 1834

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“Unlikable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlikable. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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