un·​pleas·​ing ˌən-ˈplē-ziŋ How to pronounce unpleasing (audio)
: not giving pleasure : not pleasing
… ordinary house dust is a mixture of dead insect parts, flakes of human skin, shreds of fabric, and other unpleasing materials. Joseph A. Amato

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Smears on non-sensor areas of the tiara are like bug debris on your hood, aesthetically unpleasing but not harmful. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2019 His side's inability to finish off the game against Burnley on the other hand was very unpleasing. SI.com, 1 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpleasing was in the 15th century

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“Unpleasing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasing. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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