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[uhn-soh-shuh-buh l] /ʌnˈsoʊ ʃə bəl/
not sociable; having, showing, or marked by a disinclination to friendly social relations; withdrawn.
lacking or preventing social relationships:
an unsociable boardinghouse.
Origin of unsociable
1590-1600; un-1 + sociable
Related forms
unsociability, unsociableness, noun
unsociably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unsociable
Historical Examples
  • A white marble house has a cold, tomb-like, unsociable look, and takes the conversation out of a body and depresses him.

    Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Things will look strange and unsociable for a while, until you get the hang of them.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • They seemed to be unsociable beings, for they also stalked in solemn silence.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was immediately reprehended for his brusque, unsociable manner.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Although diplomatically reserved and unsociable, he was more popular and famed than he suspected.

    Skookum Chuck Fables Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
  • A touch of pride came to him and he resolved that he would be as unsociable as his relative.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Always was a crank and an unsociable cuss when a boy, and he's worse now he's grown up.

  • She had felt lonely at times, silent and unsociable, but never shy!

    More About Peggy Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  • It makes them gather round the table, instead of sitting down here and there in the comfortless, unsociable way they used to do.

    The Grey Woman and other Tales Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  • I am sorry, my dear, he is so unsociable; he is a cat of very bad taste, that is all I can say.

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
British Dictionary definitions for unsociable


(of a person) disinclined to associate or fraternize with others
unconducive to social intercourse: an unsociable neighbourhood
Derived Forms
unsociability, unsociableness, noun
unsociably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unsociable

c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + sociable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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