not popular; disliked or ignored by the public or by persons generally.
in disfavor with a particular person or group of persons.

Origin of unpopular

First recorded in 1640–50; un-1 + popular
Related formsun·pop·u·lar·i·ty, nounun·pop·u·lar·ly, adverb
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not popular with an individual or group of people
Derived Formsunpopularity (ˌʌnpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ), noununpopularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpopular

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + popular.

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