[ uhn-frend-lee ]
/ ʌnˈfrɛnd li /

adjective, un·friend·li·er, un·friend·li·est.

not amicable; not friendly or kindly in disposition; unsympathetic; aloof: an unfriendly coldness of manner.
hostile; antagonistic: an unfriendly act of aggression.
unfavorable; inhospitable or inimical, as an environment: an unfriendly climate for new ideas.


in an unfriendly manner.

Nearby words

  1. unfree,
  2. unfreeze,
  3. unfrequented,
  4. unfriend,
  5. unfriended,
  6. unfrock,
  7. unfroze,
  8. unfruitful,
  9. unfulfilled,
  10. unfunded

Origin of unfriendly

before 900; Middle English (adj.); Old English unfreondlīche (adv.). See un-1, friendly

Related formsun·friend·li·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unfriendly


/ (ʌnˈfrɛndlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

not friendly; hostile
unfavourable or disagreeable


rare in an unfriendly manner
Derived Formsunfriendliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unfriendly



early 15c., "not characteristic of friends," from un- (1) "not" + friendly. Cf. Middle Dutch onvriendelijc, Middle High German unvriuntlich, German unfreundlich. Meaning "hostile, inimical" is recorded from late 15c. Related: Unfriendliness.

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