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

not kindly; unkind; ill-natured.
inclement or bleak, as weather or climate.
unfavorable for crops: unkindly soil.


in an unkind manner.

Origin of unkindly

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at un-1, kindly
Related formsun·kind·li·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of unkindly

  • In fact, I once wrote of him most unkindly, in a piece titled " I Can't Stand Lieberman."

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    Lay Off Joe

    Tunku Varadarajan

    December 16, 2009

  • Rather, they appear to be, to put it unkindly, preening bozos.

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    Blue Dog Bozos

    Reihan Salam

    July 27, 2009

Historical Examples of unkindly

  • It was a look deliberate and scrutinizing, in a sense doubtful, and yet not unkindly.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • His grandfather regarded him with a steady, but not at all unkindly, gaze.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "Perhaps you are right," assented von Liebknecht, not unkindly.

  • Have I ever treated any boy or girl in this school unjustly or unkindly?

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • "Don't ask me to be the audience a second time," Lady Stafford says, unkindly.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton