un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasant : not amiable or agreeable : displeasing unpleasant odors

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb

Examples of unpleasant in a Sentence

I stopped taking the drug because of its unpleasant side effects. There was an unpleasant smell coming from the basement. The weather is so unpleasant here. I like the shop, but the staff are so unpleasant.
Recent Examples on the Web Those who followed his work with WWE never had to doubt his comedic chops, but Bay wrestled more quips and physical humor out of him, even as the film (which is quite unpleasant) didn’t reach the height of its ambitions. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 2 May 2022 This communal living, however brief, is unpleasant for everyone. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 It’s not unheard of for temperatures to climb above 32 degrees, and particularly if the midday sun is blazing, that can melt snow and ice along the trail on top of being unpleasant for the dogs. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Mar. 2022 Plus, sanctions have long been considered the least worst option, even when the results can be pretty unpleasant for everyone. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 This show more often feels like a character study of someone who mistook being unpleasant for living grandly. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 As mentioned, common stress dreams portray unpleasant, frustrating, and sometimes embarrassing scenarios. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 26 Apr. 2022 Early viewers complained that the boat was too tubby, the drawing inelegant, the story line unpleasant. Susan Tallman, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 Necessary or not, layoffs are unpleasant, jarring and wholly upsetting not just for the employees being handed their pink slips, but also for those who have to deliver the bad news. Darren Kimball, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unpleasant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpleasant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpleasant. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unpleasant


un·​pleas·​ant | \ ˌən-ˈple-zᵊnt How to pronounce unpleasant (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpleasant

: not pleasing or agreeable an unpleasant smell

Other Words from unpleasant

unpleasantly adverb
unpleasantness noun

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