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[uhn-frend-lee] /ʌnˈfrɛnd li/
adjective, unfriendlier, unfriendliest.
not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof:
an unfriendly coldness of manner.
hostile; antagonistic:
an unfriendly act of aggression.
unfavorable; inhospitable or inimical, as an environment:
an unfriendly climate for new ideas.
in an unfriendly manner.
Origin of unfriendly
before 900; Middle English (adj.); Old English unfreondlīche (adv.). See un-1, friendly
Related forms
unfriendliness, noun Unabridged
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  • City dwellers were thought of as cold, cynical, and unfriendly.
  • The neighborhood consists of ten sometimes unfriendly nations.
  • In turn, some of the previously safest members are suddenly in unfamiliar, unfriendly territory.
  • There's a difference between being unobtrusive and unfriendly.
  • Perhaps it is because the world itself seems more fragile, the universe now more familiar but also more unfriendly.
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  • Once vulnerabilities in these systems are introduced, unfriendly people will look for ways to exploit them.
  • She walks over to her usual group but when she tries to talk to any of them, their responses are abrupt and unfriendly.
  • Our oil addiction funds unfriendly governments around the world.
British Dictionary definitions for unfriendly


adjective -lier, -liest
not friendly; hostile
unfavourable or disagreeable
(rare) in an unfriendly manner
Derived Forms
unfriendliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfriendly

early 15c., "not characteristic of friends," from un- (1) "not" + friendly. Cf. Middle Dutch onvriendelijc, Middle High German unvriuntlich, German unfreundlich. Meaning "hostile, inimical" is recorded from late 15c. Related: Unfriendliness.

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