Definition of uninviting in English:

uninviting

adjective

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

    ‘the house was dark and uninviting’
    • ‘The days are short and cold, the streets are uninviting.’
    • ‘The club itself was initially an uninviting place.’
    • ‘Nice… it was very comforting to find such a cold and uninviting atmosphere.’
    • ‘What excuse though did the main acts have for offering such a humourless performance, particularly on such an uninviting afternoon?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Composers are writing this way, although I confess that, in the abstract, I find this prospect uninviting and, indeed, rather unsettling.’
    • ‘The story transpires in rural Georgia, and Green pulls the audience into this uninviting setting from the first frame.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the room is uninviting or uncomfortable, you'll soon be hearing excuses of why they are leaving a little earlier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stalls are now too close together and the canopies too wide, making the passages between stalls narrow, uninviting, claustrophobic and sunless.’
    • ‘While the communal hallway was a little uninviting, the flat itself was bright and spacious and, following Katharine's feedback, now has egg cups.’
    • ‘Failure in this regard may mean that Bulgaria's delegation may find Prague in November to be a cold and uninviting place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Teachers like this never question the uninviting atmosphere in their classroom that may incite such behavior, or inspire a lack of English language usage.’
    • ‘I guess it must be nearly impossible to transcend the uninviting, unappealing, unnerving stigma of hospitals - regardless of good or bad design.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only thing this bar has established is a snobby, cold & uninviting atmosphere.’
    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
    off-putting
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Pronunciation:

uninviting

/ˌəninˈvīdiNG/