Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

threatening

[thret-n-ing]
See more synonyms for threatening on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
  2. causing alarm, as by being imminent; ominous; sinister: threatening clouds.
Show More

Origin of threatening

First recorded in 1520–30; threaten + -ing2
Related formsthreat·en·ing·ly, adverbnon·threat·en·ing, adjectivenon·threat·en·ing·ly, adverbun·threat·en·ing, adjectiveun·threat·en·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
2. See imminent, ominous.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

clear, favorable, calm, dry, fine, clarion, balmy, clement, mild, placid, pleasant, pretty, sunny, tranquil, unclouded, sunshiny, unthreatening

Examples from the Web for unthreatening

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • But most of the insect world was neither so helpless nor so unthreatening.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Not all the insect world was so helpless or so unthreatening.

    The Mad Planet

    Murray Leinster