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unfriendly

[uhn-frend-lee]
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adjective, un·friend·li·er, un·friend·li·est.
  1. not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.
  2. hostile; antagonistic: an unfriendly act of aggression.
  3. unfavorable; inhospitable or inimical, as an environment: an unfriendly climate for new ideas.
adverb
  1. in an unfriendly manner.

Origin of unfriendly

before 900; Middle English (adj.); Old English unfreondlīche (adv.). See un-1, friendly
Related formsun·friend·li·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for unfriendly

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  • It was not unfriendly; it was, indeed, consistently respectful, almost reverential.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and inconsiderate hand.

  • Mulready started and fixed him with a troubled and unfriendly stare.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It must come to a friendly agreement, or an unfriendly crash.

  • Wisdom will never let us stand with any man or men on an unfriendly footing.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for unfriendly

unfriendly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. not friendly; hostile
  2. unfavourable or disagreeable
adverb
  1. rare in an unfriendly manner
Derived Formsunfriendliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfriendly

adj.

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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