Definition of unwelcome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwelkəm/


1(Of a guest or new arrival) not gladly received: guards kept out unwelcome visitors
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  • A christening was rudely interrupted when some unwelcome guests turned up at the car park of a Hampshire church.
  • They have spent half a century in refugee camps, as Lebanon's unwelcome guests, and long to cross the border and return home.
  • A Wardle company became home to some unwelcome guests over the weekend.
unwanted, uninvited, unaccepted, excluded, rejected
1.1Not much needed or desired: unwelcome attentions from men
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  • At the University of Michigan he had to fight off the unwelcome attentions of Drew to win the starting quarterback's job.
  • Then, as he finally readied himself on Tuesday morning to meet the Queen, he was greeted by some decidedly unwelcome news.
  • Latin America has suffered the unwelcome attentions of these institutions particularly acutely.
undesirable, undesired, unpopular, unfortunate, disappointing, upsetting, distressing, disagreeable, displeasing;
regrettable, deplorable, objectionable, lamentable



Example sentences
  • Likewise, while on the topic, the rock formations almost make the map seem unwelcomely crowded.
  • They usually do this primarily because they are concerned that they are being stalked or unwelcomely pursued.
  • I flicked a cigarette at a guy's head that night after he grabbed my friend's arm unwelcomely and tried to fight me after I pushed him off her.


Example sentences
  • Should the unwelcomeness of the conclusion persuade us to abandon the verification theory of meaning?
  • However, because of the previous relationship, it is important that the unwelcomeness of further sexual advances be made very clear.
  • Similarly, there are many people who continue to have the intuition that the unwelcomeness of a sensation of pain is intrinsic to its very nature.

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Syllabification: un·wel·come

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