unwelcome

adjective

un·​wel·​come ˌən-ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce unwelcome (audio)
: not wanted or welcome
unwelcome news
an unwelcome guest

Examples of unwelcome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The past few years have seen a burst of fitness offerings for people who may have historically felt unwelcome in gyms because of their gender or racial identity, body size or athletic ability, such as pace-inclusive running clubs or gyms marketed toward LGBTQ+ communities. Danielle Friedman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 That’s not to say the Kaufman sensibility is unwelcome. Peter Debruge, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 That unwelcome surprise raises the question of what taxpayers can expect this year. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 The past few years have seen a burst of fitness offerings for people who may have historically felt unwelcome in gyms because of their gender or racial identity, body size or athletic ability, like pace-inclusive running clubs or gyms marketed toward L.G.B.T.Q. communities. Danielle Friedman, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 The Broncos are on the road to face No. 19 New Mexico (8:30 p.m., FS1) at The Pit — a 15,000-seat arena that comes close to filling up more often than not and has left more than one team feeling unwelcome over the years. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 30 Jan. 2024 The Roma people were displaced centuries ago and have been a largely unwelcome ethnic minority in many European countries for some 1,000 years. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2023 In the early two-thousands, Cage, like Paul, found a new (perhaps unwelcome) fame as a new kind of (inadvertent) star for a new kind of (unremunerative) medium. Isaac Butler, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 Attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea by the Houthi rebels in Yemen have left oil tanker operators facing an unwelcome calculation: accept the risks of steaming through the danger zone, or lose business. Stanley Reed, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Unwelcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwelcome. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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