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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This film contains flashing lights, themes of trauma, and an unlikable female protagonist. Todd Spangler, Variety, 1 Aug. 2022 The crew rushes to help two teens trapped inside an electric car after an crash; Benn and Maya get caught in a dispute between an unlikable couple. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 Scott is the highlight of the film, playing a truly unlikable patriarch with the manic energy that made his Moriarity on Sherlock so compelling. Jourdain Searles, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2022 Others simply disliked the focus on Abby, a deeply unlikable character who (SPOILERS) kills off the main character from the first game, Joel, in the game’s opening sequence. Erik Kain, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Everybody in it is unlikable and everyone watching knows the ending. As Told To Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022 Because if the character’s unlikable, the audience won’t pay any attention to it. Scott Huver, Variety, 10 Aug. 2022 Oswalt was quickly impressed by the material's fearless exploration of unlikable characters. Christian Holub, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2022 Trivializing the real trauma suffered by the members of a support group Danni joins — including Mia Isaac’s Rowan, a high-schooler who lost her sister to a school shooting — makes Danni an unlikable person, to be sure. Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 See More

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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 3 Dec. 2022.

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