Definition of unpleasant in English:



  • 1Causing discomfort, unhappiness, or revulsion; disagreeable.

    ‘an unpleasant smell’
    ‘the symptoms are extremely unpleasant’
    • ‘I have no great desire to do it either because it is a very unpleasant business.’
    • ‘It was the nastiest moment in countless unpleasant footballing encounters.’
    • ‘He thought it was a nasty unpleasant film, and his sequel was an answer that would somehow unmake the damage.’
    • ‘Mmm, there are some truly unpleasant smells lurking around the London Underground network.’
    • ‘Some may find the word unpleasant, but there's nothing inherently offensive about it.’
    • ‘Residents in Rawcliffe have raised the issue of the unpleasant smells for years to no avail.’
    • ‘He would have experienced a thoroughly unpleasant and ugly world view but a breathtaking piece of theatre.’
    • ‘The smell of the glue was not unpleasant but hurt his throat and made him feel slightly sick.’
    • ‘More than just unpleasant, the obnoxious smell was stifling and suffocating.’
    • ‘She's like a snail that's drawn in all its feelers after running into an unpleasant object.’
    • ‘The gardener had had to spray gasoline on them to facilitate combustion, and the smell was unpleasant.’
    • ‘In 1559 Elizabeth I complained that the holy oil was greasy and smelled unpleasant.’
    • ‘Nothing was ever too much trouble, day or night, no matter how unpleasant or thankless the tasks were.’
    • ‘The weather was appalling, and German artillery made life unpleasant for the British.’
    • ‘There is a lot of unpleasant and offensive material out there which no parent would wish their child to see.’
    • ‘Some women don't like it: it has a distinctive smell and taste, which some find unpleasant.’
    • ‘I now have an unpleasant mental image of everyone reading this doing some nasty experiments.’
    • ‘It's really unpleasant, the smell is awful and it can irritate your lungs.’
    • ‘More distressingly the chemotherapy made her give off a particularly unpleasant odour.’
    • ‘We may say the same of bodily discomfort, an unpleasant sensation distinct from pain.’
    disagreeable, irksome, troublesome, annoying, irritating, vexatious, displeasing, uncomfortable, distressing, nasty, horrible, appalling, terrible, awful, dreadful, hateful, detestable, miserable, abominable, execrable, odious, invidious, objectionable, offensive, obnoxious, repugnant, repulsive, repellent, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, nauseating, unsavoury, unpalatable, ugly
    unappetizing, unpalatable, unsavoury, uninviting, unappealing, off-putting, inedible, uneatable, bitter, sour, rancid
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    1. 1.1(of a person or their manner) unfriendly and inconsiderate; rude.
      ‘when drunk, he could become very unpleasant’
      • ‘So he was an unpleasant Conservative who wasn't afraid of making money out of the suffering and death of others.’
      • ‘Sometimes they are just unpleasant or they do have very different fundamental beliefs about the world.’
      • ‘When you have to deal with unpleasant people on the phone it gives a sour taste to the day.’
      • ‘He is rather unpleasant and totally opposite to the charming butterball he was at high school.’
      • ‘However, even the most unpleasant people in the world don't deserve what she got.’
      • ‘For a start he was English, but he had a bit of a weaselly face and slightly receding hair and a somewhat unpleasant manner.’
      • ‘He was supposed to meet Jane and several of her unpleasant girlfriends for a bite to eat in just ten minutes.’
      • ‘There are unpleasant people out there who like to spoil it for everyone else.’
      • ‘All I can say about it is nice people are easy to deal with and unpleasant people are much more difficult to cope with.’
      • ‘Sold some books and was ripped off by the unpleasant second-hand bookseller.’
      • ‘He's a snob, a social climber and a misogynist, really a very unpleasant man.’
      • ‘She is unpleasant and has red hair, but I do not in any way suggest those two things are related.’
      • ‘It is a miracle that these dirty and unpleasant Chinese chain restaurants survive.’
      • ‘The insurance industry, it'll come as no surprise, is full of unpleasant characters.’
      • ‘You are foul, surly, nasty, unhelpful, unpleasant and clearly you have a lot of issues.’
      • ‘It gets more and more grim and relentless, and its hero more and more unpleasant.’
      • ‘Some often tend to eat excessively when in an unpleasant mood, resulting in obesity.’
      • ‘But then, of course, we all know that Miss Robinson is a very unpleasant rude woman.’
      • ‘Lynndie England, however unpleasant, is not the the villain of this debacle.’
      • ‘The man is not unpleasant but when he speaks, his words cut deep into her and she sees him as suddenly ugly.’
      unlikable, unlovable, unattractive, disagreeable
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