un·​wel·​come | \ ˌən-ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce unwelcome (audio) \

Definition of unwelcome

: not wanted or welcome unwelcome news an unwelcome guest

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Stop the presses: Ohio journalists were shaken by some terribly unwelcome news Friday afternoon -- after 150 years in business, the Youngstown Vindicator will cease publication permanently on Aug. 31. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio lawmakers miss deadline to pass new state budget: Capitol Letter," 1 July 2019 Made to feel unwelcome, Moran gave up on international tennis, which at the time was still reserved for amateurs. oregonlive.com, "‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran shocked Wimbledon 70 years ago, the first of many shocks that upended her life," 28 June 2019 By the time the season rolled around, Luke felt unwelcome, so Brian and his wife, Beth, began looking for other sporting options. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana power soccer team gives kids with disabilities chance to play sports," 15 June 2019 On Saturday, Woods’ comeback hopes ran aground early, amid a storm of blasphemous bogeys and unwelcome pars. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Tiger Woods takes dull detour into U.S. Open final round," 15 June 2019 Tost says the game is broadly trying to be inclusive and not make players feel unwelcome. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Cyberpunk 2077 doesn’t look weird enough to be edgy," 14 June 2019 Further declines in commodity prices would be an unwelcome development for countries like iron-ore exporter Australia and Brazil, which produces oil and sugar. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Growth Fears Dent Commodities Prices," 13 Dec. 2018 Research has shown that the existence of racist and derogatory mascots and team names at schools can establish an unwelcome and hostile learning environment for Native youth, impacting their self-esteem and mental health. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 Known as cold air damming, the wedge of cold air gives rise to a spectrum of unwelcome and sometimes hazardous weather conditions. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Your primer to understanding Mid-Atlantic cold air damming and ‘the wedge’," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unwelcome

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unwelcome was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unwelcome

: not wanted or welcome

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