Definition of uninviting in English:



  • (especially of a place or prospect) not attractive.

    ‘the house was dark and uninviting’
    • ‘Though I can't testify to the quality of the ladies' room, the gentlemen's was desperately uninviting - a general lack of cleanliness was compounded by a disturbing odour.’
    • ‘If the room is uninviting or uncomfortable, you'll soon be hearing excuses of why they are leaving a little earlier.’
    • ‘What excuse though did the main acts have for offering such a humourless performance, particularly on such an uninviting afternoon?’
    • ‘Teachers like this never question the uninviting atmosphere in their classroom that may incite such behavior, or inspire a lack of English language usage.’
    • ‘The story transpires in rural Georgia, and Green pulls the audience into this uninviting setting from the first frame.’
    • ‘I guess it must be nearly impossible to transcend the uninviting, unappealing, unnerving stigma of hospitals - regardless of good or bad design.’
    • ‘The club itself was initially an uninviting place.’
    • ‘The theatre, although Grand in name, lacks many of the facilities modern-day audiences have come to expect and staff are the first to admit a visit can be an uninviting prospect.’
    • ‘The only thing this bar has established is a snobby, cold & uninviting atmosphere.’
    • ‘This really does look uninviting after dark, and is used by many more people, whilst this additional lighting would benefit both the school and the leisure centre entrances.’
    • ‘While the communal hallway was a little uninviting, the flat itself was bright and spacious and, following Katharine's feedback, now has egg cups.’
    • ‘Composers are writing this way, although I confess that, in the abstract, I find this prospect uninviting and, indeed, rather unsettling.’
    • ‘Failure in this regard may mean that Bulgaria's delegation may find Prague in November to be a cold and uninviting place.’
    • ‘This gets a little bigger fairly quickly, and passes a couple of uninviting junctions, before entering a wide bedding passage with a stream flowing through it.’
    • ‘The days are short and cold, the streets are uninviting.’
    • ‘We should remember why the whole sculpture in the forest thing started - through the recognition of a vast and unexplored opportunity to enhance the pleasure of a visit to what many saw previously as an uninviting plantation.’
    • ‘Now what would otherwise have been a uninviting troglodytic restaurant is transformed into what promises to become a popular meeting place for the city's chattering classes.’
    • ‘Nice… it was very comforting to find such a cold and uninviting atmosphere.’
    • ‘This is also manifest in our office, which I find stiflingly hot all year round, as do the other foreigners, but the Japanese staff find cool and uninviting in winter.’
    • ‘The stalls are now too close together and the canopies too wide, making the passages between stalls narrow, uninviting, claustrophobic and sunless.’
    unappealing, untempting, undesirable, unattractive, unappetizing
    bleak, cheerless, joyless, dreary, dismal, depressing, grim, comfortless, inhospitable
    unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, objectionable, offensive, unpalatable, sickening, nauseating, foul
    repellent, revolting, repugnant
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