in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-(ˌ)hä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈhä-(ˌ)spi- How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) \

Definition of inhospitable

1 : not showing hospitality : not friendly or receptive
2 : providing no shelter or sustenance an inhospitable environment

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Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitableness noun
inhospitably \ ˌin-​(ˌ)hä-​ˈspi-​tə-​blē How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , (ˌ)in-​ˈhä-​(ˌ)spi-​ \ adverb

Examples of inhospitable in a Sentence

It's very inhospitable of him to be so rude to strangers. the proposal received an unexpectedly inhospitable response from the city council
Recent Examples on the Web Many of these places are quite inhospitable to them. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 These remote and ferociously inhospitable highlands are heavily forested, sitting at the transition point between the Amazon jungle and the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Steph Dyson, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 At the time, the wealthy beachside resort town was known for being inhospitable to Jews. Shira Hanau,, 14 Sep. 2021 Unlike in other parts of the country, September provides little relief from the summer heat in New Orleans, and without electricity — or backup generators — the weather can be inhospitable to just about everyone and everything. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Scientists have said environmental conditions in the warming Gulf of Maine are inhospitable for the cold water-loving shrimp. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 But now an inhospitable climate is becoming unbearable in so many ways. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 Recent research by Madhusudhan and his colleagues, however, determined that this inhospitable nature isn't always the case. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Here’s the key: After an eventful, if inhospitable first day in London, Ted calls his wife and son back in Kansas. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of inhospitable

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inhospitable was circa 1570

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“Inhospitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inhospitable

: not generous and friendly to guests or visitors
: having an environment where plants, animals, or people cannot live or grow easily
: not ready or willing to accept or consider something


in·​hos·​pi·​ta·​ble | \ ˌin-ˌhä-ˈspi-tə-bəl How to pronounce inhospitable (audio) , in-ˈhä-spi- \

Kids Definition of inhospitable

: not friendly or generous : not showing hospitality He's inhospitable to strangers.

Other Words from inhospitable

inhospitably \ -​blē \ adverb


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