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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not sociable; having, showing, or marked by a disinclination to friendly social relations; withdrawn.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
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-1 + sociable
Related forms
unsociability, unsociableness, noun
unsociably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unsociable
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  • An unsociable meal it was—almost as unpleasant as were their inward thoughts.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Things will look strange and unsociable for a while, until you get the hang of them.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • He was immediately reprehended for his brusque, unsociable manner.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • 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.
  • She had felt lonely at times, silent and unsociable, but never shy!

    More About Peggy Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  • They seemed to be unsociable beings, for they also stalked in solemn silence.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • "I would rather be unsociable than suffocated," you explain.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • She did not want to be unsociable with the nurse; but she wanted to think, alone.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • 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
  • And so she had left me early, saying, in her impetuous way, that I was unsociable.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
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
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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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