Definition of unattractive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnəˈtraktɪv/


1Not pleasing or appealing to look at: an unattractive deep red brick the silence was broken by a strange and unattractive sound she believed she was unattractive and overweight he was an extremely unattractive man with no sex appeal
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  • They sound fuzzy and unattractive; their songs simply aren't memorable.
  • It was a most unattractive sound, and I had to speak to him quite sharply about it.
  • The stunning singer admits she is shocked that men lust after her now she has grown up because she was overweight and unattractive as a teenager..
1.1Having no inviting or beneficial features: if the revised bid is unattractive, it may not be accepted
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  • The unattractive feature of this approach is that it will sometimes involve punishing the blameless.
  • But Dublin also had a number of unattractive features that had the potential to turn away investors.
  • This multiplication of entities is certainly seen by many physicists to be an unattractive feature of the theory.
hideous, monstrous, grotesque, deformed, disfigured;
North American  homely
informal not much to look at, short on looks, as plain as a pikestaff, as ugly as sin, fugly
British informal no oil painting
Australian/New Zealand informal drack
New Zealand informal huckery



Pronunciation: /ˌʌnəˈtraktɪvli/
Example sentences
  • The project would bring back to vibrant life 300 acres of brownfield land at the unattractively named Pithouse West site, which neighbours the borough's award-winning Rother Valley Country Park.
  • But an hour and a half of loser superheroes gimping around in unattractively tight costumes is certainly transfixing even if it isn't entertainment.
  • It grows to about 60 cm high, and is best raised annually from seed or cuttings as it soon starts to straggle and look unattractively untidy.


Pronunciation: /ˌʌnəˈtraktɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • Guess we're all confined to unattractiveness and those dreadful 1950s thick rimmed spectacles that according to stereotype all academically sound people wear.
  • Each started her career riffing on the fact that her brand of unattractiveness made people uncomfortable.
  • Thus, the benefits of mass appeal and electioneering competence are minimized, and so are the penalties of unattractiveness and incompetence.

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