Definition of “unpleasant” - English Dictionary

“unpleasant” in British English

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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.

More examples

  • The medicine left an unpleasant aftertaste.
  • There was an unpleasant smell coming from the drains.
  • He's bad-tempered, selfish and altogether an unpleasant man.
  • The father in the film is portrayed as a fairly unpleasant character.
  • This is a very potent drug and can have unpleasant side-effects.
adverb uk /ʌnˈplez.ə us /ʌnˈplez.ə
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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us /ʌnˈplez·ənt/

not attractive or enjoyable or easy to like:

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

Rob chuckled unpleasantly.

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

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