un·​lov·​able ˌən-ˈlə-və-bəl How to pronounce unlovable (audio)
: incapable of inspiring love or admiration : not having attractive or appealing qualities : not lovable
an unlovable character
After a relationship ends, we tend to be very hard on ourselves and think that we are unattractive, unlovable, undesirable or an overall failure. Michelle Callahan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So a small crowd of a few thousand Sox fans showed up Wednesday on a gorgeous October afternoon to send off one of the most unlovable teams in recent memory. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 6 Oct. 2022 While the occasional prodigious use of their sting riles many, the principal reason that wasps came to be viewed as the unlovable relatives of their industrious counterparts, the bees, was the notion that wasps lack a purpose. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Is there something wrong or inherently unlovable about me? Sana Panjwani, refinery29.com, 14 Sep. 2021 These basic fears include feeling defective, unlovable, worthless, insignificant, stupid, insecure, trapped, deprived, harmed or controlled. Joel M. Rothaizer, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The last time Cubs fans were this visibly upset was when lovable infielder Mark DeRosa was dealt to the Cleveland Indians on New Years Eve 2008 to clear salary for the signing of unlovable outfielder Milton Bradley. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Some people use fat to mean unlovable, undesirable, slovenly, unintelligent, lazy. Your Fat Friend, SELF, 28 May 2021 Every conversation threatens to turn to food, or even the possibility of being around food, and the very slender Sheila can’t stop thinking of herself as fat and unlovable. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 To them, being fat means being ugly, rejected, unloved, and unlovable. Your Fat Friend, SELF, 24 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unlovable was in 1570

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“Unlovable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlovable. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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