[uhn-soh-shuh-buh l]


not sociable; having, showing, or marked by a disinclination to friendly social relations; withdrawn.
lacking or preventing social relationships: an unsociable boardinghouse.

Origin of unsociable

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-1 + sociable
Related formsun·so·cia·bil·i·ty, un·so·cia·ble·ness, nounun·so·cia·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unsociable

Historical Examples of unsociable

  • An unsociable meal it was—almost as unpleasant as were their inward thoughts.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Things will look strange and unsociable for a while, until you get the hang of them.

    Devil's Ford

    Bret Harte

  • He was immediately reprehended for his brusque, unsociable manner.

    Mountain Blood

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • A touch of pride came to him and he resolved that he would be as unsociable as his relative.

    Randy of the River

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • She had felt lonely at times, silent and unsociable, but never shy!

    More About Peggy

    Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey

British Dictionary definitions for unsociable



(of a person) disinclined to associate or fraternize with others
unconducive to social intercoursean unsociable neighbourhood
Derived Formsunsociability or unsociableness, noununsociably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unsociable

c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + sociable.

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