unpleasant

adjective
un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant : not amiable or agreeable : displeasing unpleasant odors

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unpleasantly adverb

Examples of unpleasant in a Sentence

I stopped taking the drug because of its unpleasant side effects. There was an unpleasant smell coming from the basement. The weather is so unpleasant here. I like the shop, but the staff are so unpleasant.
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This is unlike rosemary or sage, which are pretty unpleasant without some heat from the oven or the stove or a really, really fine chop. Bon Appétit, "Oregano is For So Much More Than Pizza," 9 July 2019 Radiation is unpleasant for many reasons—and itchy boobs is one of them. Korin Miller, SELF, "14 Causes of Itchy Boobs Everyone Should Know," 3 July 2019 The speakers are intellectuals who are well aware that nationalism has had an unpleasant odor since World War II. Ramesh Ponnuru, The Denver Post, "Ponnuru: Smart conservatives give nationalism a good name, and a bad one," 16 July 2019 Security lights shouldn’t shine through neighbors’ windows or create unpleasant glare. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: Outdoor lighting improves safety and aesthetics," 12 July 2019 Yet the leaves, while more substantial than silky, are still delicate enough that eating them doesn’t feel like an unpleasant jaw exercise. Bon Appétit, "Oregano is For So Much More Than Pizza," 9 July 2019 And fish-cleaning, an ancient skill and part of the joy of plenty, was becoming an unpleasant chore. Popular Mechanics, "A Homesteading Necessity: The Neighborhood Workbench," 30 June 2019 The lemon-caper sauce atop the chicken schnitzel ($24) adds an unpleasant sour note to the dish, while the panko breading is too soft and the meat is absent a juicy interior. Daliah Singer, The Know, "Restaurant review: Prohibition-era Arvada Tavern is all about the (really great) drinks," 26 June 2019 Relocation is usually an unpleasant topic, but expansion sounds like harmless fun. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Which Cities Would Deserve the Newest NFL Expansion Team?," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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unpleasant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant or enjoyable : causing discomfort or pain
: not friendly

unpleasant

adjective
un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasing or agreeable an unpleasant smell

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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