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

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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 The social media generation is increasingly clueless and unsociable. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "To recline or not? Readers weigh in on the great airline seat debate," 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, "We Are What We Read," 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, "Free Speech Backs Blunt Bloggers," 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, "Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neuroscience," 23 Jan. 2017

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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 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsociable

: not liking to be with other people : not sociable

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