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  1. different, dissimilar, or unequal; not alike: They contributed unlike sums to charity.
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  1. dissimilar to; different from: She is unlike my sister in many ways.
  2. not typical or characteristic of: It is unlike her to enjoy herself so much.
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  1. a person or thing differing from another or others.
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Origin of unlike

First recorded in 1150–1200, unlike is from the Middle English word unlik. See un-1, like1
Related formsun·like·ness, noun
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Related Words for unlike

dissimilar, clashing, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, discordant, disparate, dissonant, distant, distinct, divergent, diverse, heterogeneous, hostile, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, offbeat, opposed, opposite

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Historical Examples of unlike

  • Unlike Mlle. Higbee, she has not the father from Chicago nor elsewhere.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She was not moralizing; at least it was unlike any moralizing that they had ever heard.

  • Garson answered with a note of weariness that was unlike him.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • There was something about her eyes not unlike the dog's expression, submissive, but questioning.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I have one dreary, cold room, as unlike this as two rooms can be.

British Dictionary definitions for unlike


  1. not alike; dissimilar or unequal; different
  2. archaic unlikely
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  1. not like; not typical ofunlike his father, he lacks intelligence
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Derived Formsunlikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlike


c.1200, "not resembling," from un- (1) "not" + like (adj.). Cf. Old English ungelic, Old Frisian unlik, Old Norse ulikr, Middle Danish ulige.

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