Definition of unwelcoming in English:



  • 1Having an inhospitable or uninviting atmosphere or appearance.

    ‘Jean crept into her cold and unwelcoming bed’
    • ‘Belief remains that, despite the unwelcoming financial climate, someone will pick up this club and invest their time and money in giving it some sort of life.’
    • ‘I paused at the small shop frontage from where some of the taxis are commanded, but it looked very unwelcoming and I wasn't sure of getting any sort of answer, let alone a helpful one.’
    • ‘The room was bare and unwelcoming, her surroundings felt cold and eerily quiet.’
    • ‘Let's keep the unattractive, empty warehouses on the river front and make the city as unwelcoming as possible to stop the invasion of these pesky incomers.’
    • ‘At first I thought Minnesota was going to be some very remote place, unwelcoming and inhospitable.’
    • ‘The iron rice bowl was broken after China began economic reforms in 1979, but the system has stayed in place, spitting out athletes past their prime into an unwelcoming society.’
    • ‘Kim and her husband have hopped from one suburb in western Sydney to another, leaving behind neighbourhoods which they see as unsafe or unwelcoming.’
    • ‘Her country-inspired contemporary furniture is the perfect choice for anyone put off by the unwelcoming minimalism of most modern design.’
    • ‘The Merseyway shopping centre, which was built over the River Mersey in the 1960s, and the large unwelcoming bus station are both likely to be substantially revamped.’
    • ‘Her huge house was lonely and unwelcoming at night.’
    • ‘Namibia's barren and unwelcoming coastlines served as a natural deterrent to the ambitions of European explorers.’
    • ‘But, while this description might seem unwelcoming, students see positive aspects to the studio's location as well.’
    • ‘Requiring English for driver's licenses and other state business, he says, is unwelcoming and would shut immigrants out of government services.’
    • ‘She, who lives in Longcroft Road, says she is now forced to make long detours to visit friends on the other side of town, sometimes along dark and unwelcoming back roads.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, both restaurants are hidden off a main street, forcing the dining party to boldly walk through a small, rather unwelcoming alley.’
    • ‘I have never visited a country more unwelcoming to foreigners than England, probably the most xenophobic one in the European Union.’
    • ‘We had been in New York for about two weeks, living with relatives among their unwelcoming plastic-covered couches and receding smiles.’
    • ‘Instead she has now invested in some dog treats so Tip will be tucking into them this Yuletide in a home that is a world away from the unwelcoming place where he began life.’
    • ‘It details every stage in the painstaking process of lifting a damaged, nuclear-armed submarine off the seabed in one of the most unwelcoming stretches of water in the world.’
    • ‘The social costs of our unwelcoming attitude to migrants may also be considerable.’
    unfriendly, unsociable, unsocial, antisocial, unneighbourly, uncongenial, cool, cold, chilly, frosty, glacial, aloof, stand-offish, haughty, disdainful, distant, remote, indifferent, offhand
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or their manner) not friendly toward someone arriving or approaching.
      • ‘What had promised to be a cozy stop for the night proved to be a wide, barren space with a few buildings forming a ring around the well and only a few unwelcoming people to populate it.’
      • ‘Of course his many opinions are his own and he has every right to express them, but I do object to his chastising English people as unwelcoming.’
      • ‘From Singapore to China to Japan, Britain is seen as a closed and class-ridden society, while the British are seen as predominantly white people who are cold, formal and unwelcoming to foreigners.’
      • ‘In Ellen Foster, her title character finds true fostering not in the house of her abusive father or unwelcoming relatives but in the home of her African American friend Starletta.’
      • ‘However, every glance she shot in his direction was greeted with a cold and unwelcoming stare.’
      • ‘But the real gems are those staffed by the indifferent and unwelcoming.’
      • ‘The owners of this property have had their peace of mind destroyed and will now be very, very unwelcoming of strangers who just happen on the property.’
      • ‘‘You are uninvited Sash, get out now,’ I said warningly, striding over to where he sat and looking down on him with the most unwelcoming expression I could muster.’
      • ‘Nontraditional faculty may have to work in a chilly or a downright hostile climate if some of their departmental colleagues are unwelcoming or uncomfortable around them.’
      • ‘The bar staff were similarly unwelcoming, however.’
      • ‘I could just be buying petrol and people would give you an unwelcoming glance.’
      • ‘Clandestine visits by the latter have, as at the Heights quarry, given the quarry management a decidedly unwelcoming attitude toward mineral collectors, and security guards are usually present.’
      • ‘I would have been angry too, should somebody have left me with the impression that I was being unwelcoming to foreigners.’
      • ‘It is not our tradition to be unwelcoming towards our fellow Inuit.’
      • ‘He is unwelcoming and continues to carouse with his friends while the new student tries to sleep or study.’
      • ‘Cold, dark, quiet, unwelcoming, the bar staff are aloof and uninterested in the customers, save the taxi fare!’
      • ‘His gray eyes looked warm enough, but right now as they stared into her eyes, they were cold and unwelcoming.’
      • ‘The bus appeared as it had the day before, driven by the same man and containing the same unwelcoming passengers.’
      • ‘He says time and again that it is not wrong to fear a young black man walking towards you with a North Face jacket, Timberland boots and an unwelcoming expression.’
      • ‘He was a notorious parasite and schnorrer, but few of his hosts were overtly unwelcoming, since he could be ingeniously vindictive in print, even when seeming to offer praise.’
      stiff, formal, stony, steely, flinty, wooden, impersonal, indifferent, unresponsive, unemotional, unfeeling, unsmiling, unenthusiastic, austere, distant, aloof, remote, reserved, unapproachable
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