Meaning of “unpleasant” in the English Dictionary

"unpleasant" in British English

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unpleasantadjective

uk /ʌnˈplez.ənt/ us /ʌnˈplez.ənt/

B1 not enjoyable or pleasant:

an unpleasant surprise
the unpleasant truth

C1 [ after verb ] rude and angry:

When we complained, the waiter got very unpleasant with us.

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unpleasantly
adverb uk /ʌnˈplez.ənt.li/ us /ʌnˈplez.ənt.li/
unpleasantness
noun [ C or U ] uk /ʌnˈplez.ənt.nəs/ us /ʌnˈplez.ənt.nəs/

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

"unpleasant" in American English

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unpleasantadjective

us /ʌnˈplez·ənt/

not attractive or enjoyable or easy to like:

an unpleasant surprise
unpleasant memories
an unpleasant young man
unpleasantly
adverb us /ʌnˈplez·ənt·li/

Rob chuckled unpleasantly.

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

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