[ uhn-lahyk ]
/ ʌnˈlaɪk /


different, dissimilar, or unequal; not alike: They contributed unlike sums to charity.


dissimilar to; different from: She is unlike my sister in many ways.
not typical or characteristic of: It is unlike her to enjoy herself so much.


a person or thing differing from another or others.

Origin of unlike

First recorded in 1150–1200, unlike is from the Middle English word unlik. See un-1, like1

Related forms

un·like·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unlike


/ (ʌnˈlaɪk) /


not alike; dissimilar or unequal; different
archaic unlikely


not like; not typical ofunlike his father, he lacks intelligence

Derived Forms

unlikeness, noun
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