[ in-hos-pi-tuh-buh l, in-ho-spit-uh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, ˌɪn hɒˈspɪt ə bəl /


not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
(of a region, climate, etc.) not offering shelter, favorable conditions, etc.; barren: an inhospitable rocky coast.

Origin of inhospitable

1560–70; < Middle French < Medieval Latin inhospitābilis. See in-3, hospitable

OTHER WORDS FROM inhospitable

in·hos·pi·ta·ble·ness, nounin·hos·pi·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inhospitable

/ (ɪnˈhɒspɪtəbəl, ˌɪnhɒˈspɪt-) /


not hospitable; unfriendly
(of a region, an environment, etc) lacking a favourable climate, terrain, etc

Derived forms of inhospitable

inhospitableness, nouninhospitably, adverb
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