[ uhn-luhv-lee ]
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  1. not lovely; without beauty or charm.

  2. harsh or repellent in character; unpleasant; disagreeable; objectionable.

Origin of unlovely

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, lovely

Other words from unlovely

  • un·love·li·ness, noun

Words Nearby unlovely

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How to use unlovely in a sentence

  • The fire had gone out during the excitement of the morning, and the room looked more than ever unlovely and uninhabited.

    Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • It was all quite unlovely, yet it had made him happy to come there.

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
  • Must I bear the awful burden of authority, that unlovely appendage to youth?

    Ernest Linwood | Caroline Lee Hentz

British Dictionary definitions for unlovely


/ (ʌnˈlʌvlɪ) /

  1. unpleasant in appearance

  2. unpleasant in character

Derived forms of unlovely

  • unloveliness, noun

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