[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. inhibitory obsession,
  2. inhibitory postsynaptic potential,
  3. inholding,
  4. inhomogeneity,
  5. inhomogeneous,
  6. inhospitality,
  7. inhouse,
  8. inhuman,
  9. inhumane,
  10. inhumanity

Origin of inhospitable

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

Related formsin·hos·pi·ta·ble·ness, nounin·hos·pi·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsinhospitableness, nouninhospitably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inhospitable



1560s, from Middle French inhospitable (15c.), from Medieval Latin inhospitabilis (equivalent of Latin inhospitalis), from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Medieval Latin hospitabilis (see hospitable).

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