un·​lik·​able | \ ˌən-ˈlī-kə-bəl How to pronounce unlikable (audio) \
variants: or less commonly unlikeable

Definition of unlikable

: not having pleasant or appealing qualities : not likable an utterly unlikable character

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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the show's white characters, Peaches was written to be unlikable, so Riverdale younger fans immediately disliked the actress who played her. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Riverdale’s Bernadette Beck Says The Show Failed Its Black & LGBTQ+ Characters," 30 July 2020 Much of the country got its first impression of Mark Zuckerberg through Jesse Eisenberg's unlikable portrayal of the Facebook founder in the 2010 biographical film The Social Network. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Has Facebook’s largest shareholder and CEO become its greatest liability?," 3 July 2020 Fudging a few biographical details is to be expected, even encouraged, but Moss' Jackson is a deeply unhappy, frequently unlikable character by design, and this, more than anything, is likely to annoy hardcore fans. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Elisabeth Moss gives a brilliantly subversive performance in Shirley," 7 June 2020 Elisabeth Moss, often drawn to portraying either vaguely or totally unlikable characters, has no vanity and no fear. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Elisabeth Moss Channels a Strange and Brilliant Shirley Jackson in the Crackling Shirley," 3 June 2020 The intent was to create a wooden, unlikable character who would provide a foil for the more attractive contestants. Washington Post, "Herbert Stempel, whistleblower in quiz show scandals, dies at 93," 31 May 2020 But mostly readers found Chua to be smug and unlikable with her tales of depriving her two girls of rites of passage like sleepovers and forcing hours of homework and music practice on them — not that that hurt sales. Melonyce Mcafee, New York Times, "The Decade of the Parenting Manual," 19 Apr. 2020 That series, which is slated to return for a second season, got off to a sluggish start, weighed down by unlikable characters and actors who were too old for their roles. oregonlive, "‘Hollywood’: Netflix series is a glamorous blend of gossipy dish and wish-fulfillment fantasy," 29 Apr. 2020 The director, Lileana Blain-Cruz, allows female characters to exist in all their complex humanity, without sanding down or slicing off any of the unlikable or unreconcilable bits. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ Pain in Triplicate," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of unlikable

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Unlikable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlikable. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unlikable

: not easy to like : not having pleasant or appealing qualities : not likable


un·​lik·​able | \ ˌən-ˈlī-kə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unlikable

: difficult to like

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