Meaning of “unfriendly” in the English Dictionary

"unfriendly" in British English

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unfriendlyadjective

uk /ʌnˈfrend.li/ us /ʌnˈfrend.li/

B1 showing dislike and no sympathy

Opposite

Examples

  • She has a rather cold, hostile manner.
  • At first I thought he was a bit shy, but I've come to the conclusion that he's simply unfriendly!
  • To people who don't know him he probably appears rather unfriendly.
  • She has a rather cold, unfriendly manner.
  • Our golf club is run by a very unfriendly clique of people.
unfriendliness
noun [ U ] uk /ʌnˈfrend.li.nəs/ us /ʌnˈfrend.li.nəs/

(Definition of “unfriendly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"unfriendly" in American English

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unfriendlyadjective

us /ʌnˈfrend·li/

having an attitude or acting in a way that shows you do not like people and do not care if they like you:

an unfriendly person
unfriendliness
noun [ U ] us /ʌnˈfrend·li·nəs/

(Definition of “unfriendly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"unfriendly" in Business English

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unfriendlyadjective

uk /ʌnˈfrendli/ us

likely to cause problems or prevent success:

Plastic bags are an unfriendly choice for environmental sustainability.
an unfriendly tax regime
unfriendly to sb/sth Companies are migrating to the suburbs to avoid governments perceived as unfriendly to business.

(Definition of “unfriendly” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)