Idioms

    wear out one's welcome, to make one's visits so frequent or of such long duration that they become offensive: Your cousins have long since worn out their welcome.

Origin of welcome

before 900; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse velkominn, equivalent to vel well1 + kominn come (past participle); replacing Old English wilcuma one who is welcome, equivalent to wil- welcome (see will2) + cuma comer
Related formswel·come·ness, nounwel·com·er, nounpre·wel·come, noun, verb (used with object), pre·wel·comed, pre·wel·com·ing.un·wel·come, adjectiveun·wel·comed, adjectiveun·wel·com·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unwelcomed

Contemporary Examples of unwelcomed

  • With growing momentum to isolate Israel internationally, talks for the sake of talks are an unwelcomed distraction.

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    The Problem with the Process

    Yousef Munayyer

    August 5, 2013

  • Arabs are seen as unwanted, unwelcomed, expendable and a demographic threat.

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    Lynching “Demographic Threats”

    Yousef Munayyer

    August 23, 2012

  • “We feel visible and invisible, powerful and powerless, loved and despised, welcomed and unwelcomed,” Hinojosa says.

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    Meet the Fútbol Moms

    Bryan Curtis

    July 18, 2011

Historical Examples of unwelcomed


British Dictionary definitions for unwelcomed

welcome

adjective

gladly and cordially received or admitteda welcome guest
bringing pleasure or gratitudea welcome gift
freely permitted or invitedyou are welcome to call
under no obligation (only in such phrases as you're welcome or he's welcome, as conventional responses to thanks)

sentence substitute

an expression of cordial greeting, esp to a person whose arrival is desired or pleasing

noun

the act of greeting or receiving a person or thing; receptionthe new theory had a cool welcome
wear out one's welcome to come more often or stay longer than is acceptable or pleasing

verb (tr)

to greet the arrival of (visitors, guests, etc) cordially or gladly
to receive or accept, esp gladly
Derived Formswelcomely, adverbwelcomeness, nounwelcomer, noun

Word Origin for welcome

C12: changed (through influence of well 1) from Old English wilcuma (agent noun referring to a welcome guest), wilcume (a greeting of welcome), from wil will ² + cuman to come
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Word Origin and History for unwelcomed

welcome

v.

Old English wilcumian, from wilcuma (see welcome (n.)). Related: Welcomed; welcoming.

welcome

n.

Old English wilcuma, exclamation of kindly greeting, from earlier wilcuma (n.) "welcome guest," literally "one whose coming is in accord with another's will," from willa "pleasure, desire, choice" (see will (v.)) + cuma "guest," related to cuman (see come). Cf. Old High German willicomo, Middle Dutch wellecome. Meaning "entertainment or public reception as a greeting" is recorded from 1530. You're welcome as a formulaic response to thank you is attested from 1907. Welcome mat first recorded 1951; welcome wagon is attested from 1961.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with unwelcomed

welcome

see warm welcome; wear out one's welcome; you're welcome.

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