Definition of unwelcome in English:

unwelcome

adjective

  • 1(of a guest or new arrival) not gladly received.

    ‘guards kept out unwelcome visitors’
    • ‘This has been my home for the past two years and now this unwelcome visitor seems set to spoil it.’
    • ‘We had come in at a romantically charged moment, so our intrusion was especially unwelcome.’
    • ‘A Wardle company became home to some unwelcome guests over the weekend.’
    • ‘To tell someone they are unwelcome is unpleasant and potentially hurtful and not something I would often do.’
    • ‘The entire town comes out from the party to greet the unwelcome visitor.’
    • ‘Victor was secondary, he wasn't family and had started out as an unwelcome house guest.’
    • ‘The European Council is, in the words of Westlake, no longer an unwelcome guest but a valued colleague.’
    • ‘They have spent half a century in refugee camps, as Lebanon's unwelcome guests, and long to cross the border and return home.’
    • ‘A christening was rudely interrupted when some unwelcome guests turned up at the car park of a Hampshire church.’
    • ‘It was felt as if we were unwelcome guests in someone else's house, who wasn't really happy with us being there.’
    • ‘When they also did not report back in a timely manner, he knew the First Chair had an unwelcome visitor.’
    • ‘Beware of an unwelcome visitor or admirer who may take advantage of you.’
    • ‘This may be a sign from various tutelary deities that we are unwelcome here.’
    • ‘In part it is excitement or maybe rushing or just unfamiliarity, but it opens the way for unwelcome guests.’
    • ‘Landowners had said the unwelcome visitors would be told to go from the former Airtours site in Helmshore at the end of last week.’
    • ‘The sense of being unwelcome to the Kosciusko National Park was strong.’
    • ‘He still was an unwelcome visitor, no matter how much we talked or for how long.’
    • ‘I was about to ask Fred about when we were going to eat when a very unwelcome visitor arrived at our table.’
    • ‘Teachers can ask children to talk about what makes them feel unsafe or unwelcome in school.’
    • ‘As an added bonus, he appears as an unwelcome guest who knows too much about Rick's past.’
    unwanted, uninvited, unbidden, unasked, unrequested, unsolicited
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    1. 1.1 Not wanted.
      ‘unwelcome attentions from men’
      • ‘It was an unwelcome diversion that ultimately changed the rest of his life.’
      • ‘An earlier hearing attracted unwelcome attention from both broadsheet and tabloid media.’
      • ‘It is difficult to put into words, but it is rather like the disappearance of a permanent unwelcome guest.’
      • ‘This gives children protection against unwelcome intrusions into their privacy by the parents.’
      • ‘However, there is one unwelcome aspect that spring features that we get earlier as well.’
      • ‘There's a disturbing pattern of exploitation here, which is unwelcome in a Member of Parliament.’
      • ‘At the University of Michigan he had to fight off the unwelcome attentions of Drew to win the starting quarterback's job.’
      • ‘I have been limiting myself to a slice a week to prevent any unwelcome changes in waist-size.’
      • ‘Even so, Microsoft has received some unwelcome attention for its pricing policies.’
      • ‘Yet many women know very little about this unpleasant and unwelcome condition.’
      • ‘I have in the intervening years had my tablets changed a few times, although I never suffered any unwelcome symptoms.’
      • ‘Higher fuel prices can cause unwelcome rises in inflation, restrict economic growth and are unpopular with voters.’
      • ‘The assault on Mr Wilson happened when Foster thought the man had made unwelcome advances to his girlfriend.’
      • ‘Yet I approach this New Year's Eve with trepidation, for it will bring an unwelcome change.’
      • ‘Latin America has suffered the unwelcome attentions of these institutions particularly acutely.’
      • ‘The change in tone is unwelcome and does much to undermine many of the virtuoso moments that have come before.’
      • ‘Then, as he finally readied himself on Tuesday morning to meet the Queen, he was greeted by some decidedly unwelcome news.’
      • ‘This may be the most unwelcome advice Labor has received from a Kerr in thirty years but the party would be foolish to ignore it.’
      • ‘Today, for no good reason, I had a fit of the regrets, completely unjustified and totally unwelcome.’
      • ‘A woman traveling alone through the countryside may receive unwelcome attention from men.’
      undesirable, undesired, unpopular, unfortunate, unlucky, too bad
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Pronunciation

unwelcome

/ʌnˈwɛlkəm/