Definition of unappealing in US English:



  • Not inviting or attractive.

    ‘the company faces some unappealing choices’
    • ‘I can't help wondering how Wood could bring himself to read as much of such a big book, so grimly unappealing to him, as he seems to have done.’
    • ‘I can report that the unappealing brown appearance was perfectly matched by the unappetising brown perfume.’
    • ‘Being sick is bad, bad, bad, childish and despicable, unappealing and unladylike.’
    • ‘The church, in a lot of ways, is becoming unappealing to the younger members of the generations, in its traditionalism and ceremony.’
    • ‘She had been wealthy in Iran, and possibly found a marriage of convenience to a penniless student nurse unappealing.’
    • ‘The appealing fragments are short and scrappy, the unappealing prose verbose and sometimes impenetrable.’
    • ‘The sauce was tasty, as were the ingredients, save the ham, which had an unappealing flavour.’
    • ‘But if it had been tedious and unappealing then that will not have mattered one jot to City, more a glowing endorsement of a job well done.’
    • ‘He found many of the villages of the Moselle region dirty and unappealing, but the countryside often attractive.’
    • ‘In this story, as in many others in the collection, ambition is made more unappealing than the quiet expectation of failure.’
    • ‘However, that pram-like hood is unappealing from the inside, and the car does flex a little over deep potholes.’
    • ‘So if you've realised how unappealing walking around in the cold is, then go get warm in Teddy Hall and acquaint yourself with a little Bernard Shaw.’
    • ‘Bushnell's writing has similar deadpan timing, taking the depressing and unappealing and rendering it hilarious.’
    • ‘There it comes sliding down the luggage ramp: flattened, tattered, stained, wonderfully unappealing.’
    • ‘But whereas we now also find the latter dated and their humour unappealing, Wodehouse remains in demand.’
    • ‘It's Valentine's Day but fortunately my wife and I both find the idea of dictated romance unappealing.’
    • ‘No matter how keen you are to show off the fruits of a fortnight's sunbathing, excessive cleavage or leg can look cheap and unappealing.’
    • ‘The jobs tend to be eagerly sought, especially by women, whose other prospects for earning an income can be very unappealing.’
    • ‘The choices of main courses were unappealing and didn't taste any better than they sounded.’
    • ‘If the pain, suffering and fatalities that make war unappealing to the masses are removed, then so will be much of the moral inhibitions against it.’
    unpalatable, unappetizing, unpleasant, distasteful, disagreeable, uninviting, unattractive
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