U u


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uhn-kahynd]
    • /ʌnˈkaɪnd/
    • /ˌʌnˈkaɪnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uhn-kahynd]
    • /ʌnˈkaɪnd/

Definitions of unkind word

  • adjective unkind lacking in kindness or mercy; severe. 1
  • adjective unkind sb: not nice 1
  • adjective unkind act: not nice 1
  • adjective unkind weather 1
  • adjective unkind If someone is unkind, they behave in an unpleasant, unfriendly, or slightly cruel way. You can also describe someone's words or actions as unkind. 0
  • adjective unkind If you describe something bad that happens to someone as unkind, you mean that they do not deserve it. 0

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Origin of unkind

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at un-1, kind1

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Parts of speech for Unkind


unkind popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

unkind usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for unkind

adj unkind

  • anesthetized — to render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic.
  • anti — You can refer to people who are opposed to a particular activity or idea as antis.
  • anti-social — Someone who is anti-social is unwilling to meet and be friendly with other people.
  • asocial — avoiding contact; not gregarious
  • aversive — tending to dissuade or repel

adjective unkind

  • anaesthetised — anesthetize.
  • anaesthetized — anesthetize.
  • barbed — A barbed remark or joke seems polite or humorous, but contains a cleverly hidden criticism.
  • catty — If someone, especially a woman or girl, is being catty, they are being unpleasant and unkind.
  • caustic — Caustic chemical substances are very powerful and can dissolve other substances.

Antonyms for unkind

adj unkind

  • affable — Someone who is affable is pleasant and friendly.
  • amiable — Someone who is amiable is friendly and pleasant to be with.
  • angelic — You can describe someone as angelic if they are, or seem to be, very good, kind, and gentle.
  • archangelic — Theology. a chief or principal angel; in medieval angelology one of the nine orders of celestial attendants on God. Compare angel (def 1).
  • benevolent — If you describe a person in authority as benevolent, you mean that they are kind and fair.

adjective unkind

  • amical — (now rare) Friendly, amicable.
  • avuncular — An avuncular man or a man with avuncular behaviour is friendly and helpful towards someone younger.
  • civilised — to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; elevate in social and private life; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
  • dovelike — Similar to a dove.
  • feeling — a quality of an object that is perceived by feeling or touching: the soft feel of cotton.

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