Definition of unlikable in US English:

unlikable

(also unlikeable)

adjective

  • (especially of a person) not likable.

    ‘a thoroughly unlikable bully’
    • ‘The characters are unlikeable at the beginning, and, after they experience some minor plot-developments (almost all off-stage), they're still unlikeable at the end.’
    • ‘And I know it's a hard call, because most sit-com characters are unlikable, unredeeming, shallow and one-dimensional.’
    • ‘They all come off as well-meaning but ultimately unlikable guys.’
    • ‘Then I hightailed across town to see ‘King of Stains’ at Bats, where Gibby played the most unlikeable character ever, and so well!’
    • ‘Stars are discouraged from playing unlikeable characters (and Tracy Flick was certainly that).’
    • ‘A diplomat's son, a photojournalist, a wealthy adventurer, a Peace Corps veteran - these are unlikeable characters, but affecting and recognizably products of a bloated yet dominant America.’
    • ‘Phoebe would be an unbelievable, unlikable character if we didn't all know someone like her: accomplished, confident, quirky.’
    • ‘Without question the most unlikeable person I've ever spoken to in a tech situation.’
    • ‘It's hard to make unlikable characters interesting, but Igby somehow has just the right tone of sly humor, just the right hint of cartoonish sincerity.’
    • ‘With the support of the ad agency's unlikeable owners, Greer delivers an ultimatum: book into detox or lose your cushy job.’
    • ‘And while he did allegedly insist on the rewrites that ensured he got the girl, he was happy to leave his character's unlikeable personality traits.’
    • ‘It is very difficult to write a book about essentially unlikeable characters but she manages to pull it off.’
    • ‘He's a deceitful, cowardly, treacherous and thoroughly unlikable man.’
    • ‘The series mined an area rich in comedy potential but it failed to win over its audience, possibly because, aside from the Hallidays, the remaining characters were genuinely unlikeable.’
    • ‘Oates has the courage to create entire novels peopled by unlikeable characters.’
    • ‘Sarah is the most interesting element in this movie, but this is because she is a fundamentally unlikable character.’
    • ‘It's all a bunch of unlikable characters being cruel to each other.’
    • ‘The characters were so unlikable to me that I just didn't care about how tragic their situation was.’
    • ‘The entire show is predicated on Mandy's naked contempt for the relentlessly unlikeable Billy.’
    • ‘Some of the Coen magic is here, but the unlikable characters and the general atmosphere of despair and frustration make it tough to really enjoy.’
    unlovable, unattractive, disagreeable
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Pronunciation

unlikable

/ˌənˈlīkəb(ə)l//ˌənˈlaɪkəb(ə)l/