unlovely

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

Definition of unlovely

: not likable : disagreeable, unpleasant

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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

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First Known Use of unlovely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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unlovely

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unlovely

literary : not attractive

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