Definition of unapproachable in English:



  • 1Not welcoming or friendly.

    ‘he seems stuffy and unapproachable’
    • ‘Speaking of depressed, my mother sat me down this morning and told me she thinks I'm unhappy and as a result am emotionally removed and unapproachable.’
    • ‘Council officers often come in for criticism about their attitudes; being unapproachable, etc.’
    • ‘Placebo's love affair with the British music press screeched to a halt in mid-2000 when the NME penned a scathing feature accusing the singer of being arrogant, difficult, unapproachable, obnoxious and deluded.’
    • ‘But O'Neill was then Leicester manager, officially unapproachable.’
    • ‘Often these protagonists seem gruff and unapproachable, even privileged and elitist, at least at first, perhaps concealing a painful shyness and a need for privacy.’
    • ‘In Columbus, former neighbours described the independent truck driver, who was often on the road, as unapproachable and aloof.’
    • ‘He was unapproachable, sometimes rude, always sarcastic, but it was also clear that he was uncannily observant.’
    • ‘Evander, despite that, didn't want to cause grief for Darren or the band by seeming unapproachable or surly.’
    • ‘He's shy, remember - he doesn't want to give you a bad impression of himself - and without a doubt the sober you is unapproachable.’
    • ‘We're so busy packing as much into our schedules as we can, that we become unapproachable to those who would enjoy a few minutes with us.’
    • ‘‘No one is that vicious, that unapproachable, for no reason,’ she told the writer, and the character's background was coloured in.’
    • ‘Still, she looks every inch the unapproachable star and is flanked by those indispensable celebrity accessories, the bodyguard and personal assistant.’
    • ‘Yeah, she was often unapproachable and often hostile, but the ice part didn't hold any water for Mona.’
    • ‘That little black-and-white square photo at the lower right only reminds people of what they think about Gray Davis, which is that, as a person, he's cold, unapproachable and stiff.’
    • ‘The parents of the youths involved are unapproachable and witnesses are too afraid to come forward to give evidence.’
    • ‘Because he was reserved in manner, some people preferred to think that he was unapproachable, rather than admit to being afraid of finding themselves intellectually inferior.’
    • ‘You're so confident, you're very unapproachable.’
    • ‘When I first started blogging, I considered some bloggers unapproachable.’
    • ‘It struck me as an opportunity to let the public know what really happens in a solicitor's office and dispel any idea we might be unapproachable.’
    • ‘In reality - when I'm not mulling these things over in my mind and being paranoid - I don't think I'm unapproachable or unfriendly.’
    aloof, distant, remote, detached, reserved, withdrawn, uncommunicative, guarded, undemonstrative, unresponsive, unforthcoming, unfriendly, unsympathetic, unsociable, cool, cold, icy, chilly, frosty, frigid, stiff, formal, dispassionate
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  • 2archaic (of a place) remote and inaccessible.

    ‘some regions were unapproachable to the Romans’
    • ‘It takes a hundred men two days to clear a patch of land the size of a soccer field; in Angola, most of the arable land is unapproachable.’
    • ‘Some Arrowhead homes have already been filled with water, while a few cabins at the end of River Road that sit on the Withlacoochee River are flooded and unapproachable because of the high water levels.’
    • ‘Built over a Thracian settlement and a Byzantine fortress, Tsarevets turned into an unapproachable fortress.’
    inaccessible, out of reach, beyond reach, unreachable, remote, out of the way, isolated, far-flung, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, in the hinterlands
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