Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

appealing

[uh-pee-ling]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. evoking or attracting interest, desire, curiosity, sympathy, or the like; attractive.
Show More

Origin of appealing

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at appeal, -ing2
Related formsap·peal·ing·ly, adverbap·peal·ing·ness, nounnon·ap·peal·ing, adjectivenon·ap·peal·ing·ly, adverbnon·ap·peal·ing·ness, nounqua·si-ap·peal·ing, adjectivequa·si-ap·peal·ing·ly, adverbun·ap·peal·ing, adjectiveun·ap·peal·ing·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unappealing

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The altars, other than the above, are garish and unappealing.

  • It can, however, be held by will to the unappealing, with the usual result of transforming it into a thing of interest.

  • The risk of choosing for our symbol a mere arbitrary invention is that it should remain thin and cold and unappealing.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • The transepts are square boxlike protuberances, which link the choir with the nave in most unappealing fashion.

  • The firmness with which the men mouthed their cigars made the lower part of their faces expressionless, heavy, unappealing.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis


British Dictionary definitions for unappealing

unappealing

adjective
  1. not attractive or pleasing
Show More

appealing

adjective
  1. attractive or pleasing
Show More
Derived Formsappealingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unappealing

appealing

mid-15c. as a noun, "action of petitioning a higher court or authority," verbal noun from appeal (v.). Adjectival sense of "attractive" attested by 1892. Related: Appealingly.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper