[in-hos-pi-tuh-buh l, in-ho-spit-uh-buh l]
  1. not inclined to, or characterized by, hospitality, as persons or actions; unfriendly.
  2. (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
Related formsin·hos·pi·ta·ble·ness, nounin·hos·pi·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for inhospitably

Historical Examples of inhospitably

  • The Jalapenos did not receive us inhospitably—nor the Jalapenas either.

    The Rifle Rangers

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Having so inhospitably fixed the hour of departure, Lilly wanted to be nice.

    Aaron's Rod

    D. H. Lawrence

  • The windows were inhospitably blank, and his heart fell with disappointment.

    Old Crow

    Alice Brown

  • He said that as he had been treated so inhospitably he would not pay the 30 per cent.

  • A light was burning in the hallway, but dimly and inhospitably; of the facade of the building I could perceive little.

British Dictionary definitions for inhospitably


  1. not hospitable; unfriendly
  2. (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 inhospitably



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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