[ uhn-kahynd-lee ]
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adjective,un·kind·li·er, un·kind·li·est.
  1. not kindly; unkind; ill-natured.

  2. inclement or bleak, as weather or climate.

  1. unfavorable for crops: unkindly soil.

  1. in an unkind manner.

Origin of unkindly

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at un-1, kindly

Other words from unkindly

  • un·kind·li·ness, noun

Words Nearby unkindly

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How to use unkindly in a sentence

  • His thoughts ran on things past; he had spoken unkindly of Sally, behind her back; he had been tipsy—Ah!

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • His greeting was dignified, but not unkindly; and, on saying “good-night,” he gave Eric a few plain words of affectionate advice.

    Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
  • Mazzini judged the King accurately and not unkindly; but his attitude towards him was lacking in all tact.

    The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
  • That it was no use looking for them; and that he did not care much about leaving them, as he was very unkindly treated.