not lovely; without beauty or charm.
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
Related formsun·love·li·ness, noun
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Related Words for unlovely

deformed, homely, ordinary, unattractive, uncomely

Examples from the Web for unlovely

Contemporary Examples of unlovely

Historical Examples of unlovely

  • The God of truth cannot love the unlovely in the same way as he loves the lovely.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • How hard is the doing of the thought in the face of a thousand unlovely difficulties!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Never before had the life into which she was born looked so unlovely to her.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • It was an unlovely face, but its unloveliness lay in its expression.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • She speaks bitterly, and turns from him with an unlovely laugh.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

British Dictionary definitions for unlovely



unpleasant in appearance
unpleasant in character
Derived Formsunloveliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unlovely

late 14c., "not evoking feelings of love," from un- (1) "not" + lovely. Meaning "ugly" is recorded from 1390s.

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