unkind

[uhn-kahynd]

adjective, un·kind·er, un·kind·est.

lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.

Nearby words

  1. unkelos,
  2. unkempt,
  3. unkenned,
  4. unkennel,
  5. unkept,
  6. unkindest cut,
  7. unkindly,
  8. unknightly,
  9. unknit,
  10. unknot

Origin of unkind

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at un-1, kind1

Related formsun·kind·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unkind

unkind

adjective

lacking kindness; unsympathetic or cruel
archaic, or dialect
  1. (of weather) unpleasant
  2. (of soil) hard to cultivate
Derived Formsunkindly, adverbunkindness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unkind

unkind

adj.

early 13c. (implied in unkindly), "strange, foreign, unnatural," from un- (1) "not" + kind (adj.). Meaning "lacking in kindness" is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Unkindly; unkindness.

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