un·​love·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈləv-lē How to pronounce unlovely (audio) \

Definition of unlovely

: not likable : disagreeable, unpleasant

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from unlovely

unloveliness \ ˌən-​ˈləv-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unlovely (audio) \ noun

Examples of unlovely in a Sentence

Sunday night is often spoiled by the unlovely thought of having to go back to school or work the next morning. an unlovely but efficient little machine
Recent Examples on the Web Of the two streets, Second Avenue, an unlovely jumble of tenements and postwar apartment buildings, seems the less-likely candidate for retail role model. Anne Kadet, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 The dentist himself is an unlovely specimen — racist, ungenerous and vain, a man whose two ruling goals are to become a Freemason and to continue his blood line. Katherine A. Powers, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 The American university today has, bizarrely, become a place dominated by anger, fear, and self-loathing, all wrapped in an unlovely cloak of self-righteousness. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 The elevator shafts were starting to emerge when the lockdown hit, two unlovely stubs of concrete growing out of the foundation. James Lileks, Star Tribune, 28 Aug. 2020 Over the past 13 years, the glamor category has been handily beating unlovely value, the longest period in history for which what's supposed to be the market's bargain basement has lagged. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2020 And not the pretty, picture-postcard ones, either, but those in the unlovely, lively outer neighborhoods. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2020 These include a cluster in Inner Mongolia, a northern province of windswept deserts, grasslands and unlovely industrial towns. The Economist, 29 Feb. 2020 Communiqués that emerge from these secret meetings are written in unlovely party jargon. The Economist, 2 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unlovely.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unlovely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About unlovely

Time Traveler for unlovely

Time Traveler

The first known use of unlovely was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near unlovely








See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unlovely

Cite this Entry

“Unlovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlovely. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unlovely



English Language Learners Definition of unlovely

literary : not attractive


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!