unlovely

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

Definition of unlovely

: not likable : disagreeable, unpleasant

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 The parking lot was madness, the exterior was unlovely, and the back deck was heaven. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 Two years later, he is gone, though the movie spares us the unlovely particulars of his end. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 June 2022 Stuart writes beautifully, with marvelous attunement to the poetry in the unlovely and the mundane. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Fueled by alcohol and believing her seductive charms are still alive and well, Leslie works it hard, and Riseborough is fearless in the unlovely desperation that emerges. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2022 Baker portrays Texas City as an unlovely cluster of neighborhoods pinned to the Gulf Coast by a collection of oil refineries, a place where even the potential prettiness of the waterfront is colored by grim history. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of unlovely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

1 Aug 2022

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“Unlovely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlovely. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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