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[uhn-pop-yuh-ler] /ʌnˈpɒp yə lər/
not popular; disliked or ignored by the public or by persons generally.
in disfavor with a particular person or group of persons.
Origin of unpopular
First recorded in 1640-50; un-1 + popular
Related forms
unpopularity, noun
unpopularly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The budget of the government introduced January 17th was unpopular.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Stoliker began to feel, poor man, that the paths of duty were unpopular.

  • I told you I was unpopular: I don't see anybody at all any more.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • In doing so I was at times necessarily "ugly," and therefore to some unpopular.

  • Lydia saw now that whether she was believed or not, she was bound to be most unpopular.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for unpopular


not popular with an individual or group of people
Derived Forms
unpopularity (ˌʌnpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
unpopularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpopular

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + popular.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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