unsociable

adjective
un·​so·​cia·​ble | \ ˌən-ˈsō-shə-bəl How to pronounce unsociable (audio) \

Definition of unsociable

1 : having or showing a disinclination for social activity : solitary, reserved
2 : not conducive to sociability

Other Words from unsociable

unsociability \ ˌən-​ˌsō-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unsociable (audio) \ noun
unsociableness \ ˌən-​ˈsō-​shə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce unsociable (audio) \ noun
unsociably \ ˌən-​ˈsō-​shə-​blē How to pronounce unsociable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unsociable in a Sentence

a job with unsociable hours an unsociable but not an overtly rude child
Recent Examples on the Web For instance, long and unsociable hours are commonplace, and while this is in part due to the shortage of skilled personnel, there is also a cultural element to this that prohibits many from considering it a viable career. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Gaming has so often been painted with the wrong brush — stereotyped as being isolating and unsociable. Bartosz Skwarczek, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The social media generation is increasingly clueless and unsociable. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 1 Mar. 2020 Samuel Johnson, one recalls, a ferociously unsociable reader, and blind as a bat, was constantly in danger of singeing his wig against his candle. John Sutherland, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2018 The mighty otaku: Japan’s growing legion of geeks, once derided as unsociable misfits, has become a significant force of spenders whose financial clout is expected to keep growing. Wired News Report, WIRED, 7 Oct. 2005 Born in 1852 in a small town in northeastern Spain, Cajal described himself as a poor student, shy and unsociable, Swanson writes. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, 23 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of unsociable

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unsociable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsociable. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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