Definition of unsocial in US English:



  • 1Causing annoyance and disapproval in others; antisocial.

    ‘the unsocial behavior of young teenagers’
    • ‘There can be nothing more unsocial and callous than smoking in a crowded public place such as a cinema or a bus stand.’
    • ‘Somehow the town needs to regain ownership and pride in the river, rather than turn our backs so we can hide from the unsocial behaviour in its bed.’
    • ‘The road-hogging game will also help to create an awareness of the unsocial and dangerous road behaviour out there.’
    • ‘On the one hand, he follows the exploits of the boys, without digging too deep into motivation or sexuality, and on the other stays personal with Cassie, without attempting to explain her unsocial behaviour.’
    • ‘Deputy Sen O Fearghail, who also heads the Cill Dara Housing Association, said in the CYMS on Friday, that unsocial behaviour among tenants would not be tolerated.’
    • ‘It was designed to tackle unsocial behaviour such as loud music, rowdy or offensive behaviour or dog control in Braintree, Witham and Halstead, by getting those responsible to sign a contract promising to mend their ways.’
    • ‘The thing was that, with Jakey, the good days were when he was just unsocial with everybody and the bad days were when he cried for our parents or me with little break.’
    • ‘They also have a very powerful kick, to be avoided at all costs, and have most unsocial habits like peeing on your foot or leaving large deposits for you to stand in.’
    • ‘‘Gardaí have been called there on numerous occasions and there's a lot of unsocial behaviour going on,’ he said.’
    • ‘While crime, scams, and general unsocial behavior has been on the rise in Pattaya for some time, there seems to be a disturbing trend with Thais putting guns to the heads of foreigners.’
    • ‘Fighting the most popular storytelling medium is not only a losing battle and horribly snobbish but unsocial too.’
    • ‘However they are adamant that they will not be ‘unfairly imposed upon to accept further abuse through property damage, theft and general unsocial behaviour’.’
    • ‘A new group has been formed which will look into ways of putting an end to unsocial behaviour, which has been causing concern to many residents in the area.’
    • ‘He answered questions from the floor on law and order issues and said that loutish and unsocial behaviour would not be tolerated.’
    • ‘Your report ended with a quote from an unnamed Leeds City Council spokesman to the effect that many local residents are concerned that providing the equipment would lead to noisy and unsocial behaviour.’
    • ‘One must be constantly alert to the hazard of maverick cyclists and uneven pavements, and you may suffer a tirade of abuse from those who now own the world, should you criticise them for unsocial behaviour.’
    objectionable, offensive, beyond the pale, unacceptable, asocial, distasteful
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  • 2Not seeking the company of others.

    ‘woodchucks lead a relatively unsocial life’
    • ‘My initial reaction was that he was unfriendly or unsocial, but that was far from the case.’
    • ‘Through this isolation, people have become unsocial and full of apprehension about trusting or opening up to each other.’
    • ‘Those things made me uncomfortable and even more unsocial.’
    • ‘What would happen when shy, unsocial girl meets with cold, gang boy?’
    • ‘I like people, I'm just unsocial because of my hearing, not antisocial.’
    • ‘It doesn't seem that people are particularly unsocial now that they've got cell phones, they just have this cell phone addiction that they have to get over first.’
    • ‘Honestly Frank, I hired you because of your ability to be unapologetically unsocial.’
    • ‘Watching her 13-year-old daughter falter in her studies and become more and more unsocial has firmed Yang's decision to divorce.’
    • ‘My guess would be that either you think I am unsocial, or you believe I am about to take over the world and want in.’
    • ‘A few chairs were filled with unsocial people that seemed to already know each other.’
    • ‘‘You may think him bookish and unsocial now, but as he matures he'll come to love the court, as you do.’’
  • 3(of the hours of work of a job) falling outside the normal working day and thus socially inconvenient.

    reserved, introvert, introverted, self-contained, reticent, discreet, uncommunicative, non-communicative, media-shy, unforthcoming, secretive, retiring, ungregarious, unsociable, withdrawn, solitary, insular, reclusive, hermit-like, hermitic
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