Definition of unapproachable in US English:



  • 1(of a person or institution) not welcoming or friendly.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Council officers often come in for criticism about their attitudes; being unapproachable, etc.’
    • ‘When I first started blogging, I considered some bloggers 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was unapproachable, sometimes rude, always sarcastic, but it was also clear that he was uncannily observant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Columbus, former neighbours described the independent truck driver, who was often on the road, as unapproachable and aloof.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, she looks every inch the unapproachable star and is flanked by those indispensable celebrity accessories, the bodyguard and personal assistant.’
    • ‘You're so confident, you're very unapproachable.’
    • ‘But O'Neill was then Leicester manager, officially unapproachable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Evander, despite that, didn't want to cause grief for Darren or the band by seeming unapproachable or surly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yeah, she was often unapproachable and often hostile, but the ice part didn't hold any water for Mona.’
    • ‘The parents of the youths involved are unapproachable and witnesses are too afraid to come forward to give evidence.’
    • ‘‘No one is that vicious, that unapproachable, for no reason,’ she told the writer, and the character's background was coloured in.’
    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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    1. 1.1archaic (of a place) remote and inaccessible.
      • ‘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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