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

Examples of unlikable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But women who display confidence by speaking up are often labeled as cold and unlikable. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 His tale of unlikable people doing unspeakable things won't be to everyone's taste. Gabriel Krauze, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 When Greg Rikaart joined the NBC sudser in 2018 to play a gay villain, some fans didn't take too kindly to him playing an unlikable LGBTQ character. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 11 June 2021 Sherry is as unlikable and superfluous as the entirely forgettable group Dwight found her with. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 June 2021 This confession of moral ambivalence saves the actress from her usual unlikable strident attitude. Armond White, National Review, 28 May 2021 Bateman has made a career of playing the unlikable straight man, so YMMV on the appeal of this sketch, which highlights Bateman’s natural ease at bursting everyone’s bubbles. Matthew Love, Vulture, 28 May 2021 With 68 regular-season games in the books and four left (including Tuesday night at home again with Miami), these Celtics have emerged as one of the truly unlikable teams in Boston sports lore. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 The segment ended with a parade of voices from across the political spectrum noting how unlikable Cruz is. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2021

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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