Share this entry

forbidding

Synonyms of forbidding in English:

adjective

  • 1 he had a rather forbidding manner
    hostile, unwelcoming, unfriendly, unsympathetic, unapproachable, harsh, grim, stern, hard, tough, cool, cold, chilly, frosty;
    disagreeable, nasty, mean, abhorrent, repellent
    informaloff-putting
    [Antonyms] friendly
  • 2 the dark castle looked forbidding
    hostile, unwelcoming, uninviting, unfriendly, mean-looking;
    foreboding, unpromising, inauspicious, evil-looking, suggestive of evil
    informalspooky, scary, creepy
    archaicdireful, bodeful
    [Antonyms] inviting
  • Definition of forbidding in:

    Share this entry

     

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources