What does inhospitable mean?

Definitions for inhospitableɪnˈhɒs pɪ tə bəl, ˌɪn hɒˈspɪt ə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inhospitable(adj)

    unfavorable to life or growth

    "the barren inhospitable desert"; "inhospitable mountain areas"

  2. inhospitable(adj)

    not hospitable

    "they are extremely inhospitable these days"; "her greeting was cold and inhospitable"


  1. inhospitable(Adjective)

    Not inclined to hospitality; unfriendly,

  2. inhospitable(Adjective)

    Not offering shelter; barren or forbidding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inhospitable(adj)

    not hospitable; not disposed to show hospitality to strangers or guests; as, an inhospitable person or people

  2. Inhospitable(adj)

    affording no shelter or sustenance; barren; desert; bleak; cheerless; wild

  3. Origin: [Pref. in- not + hospitable: cf. L. inhospitalis.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inhospitable

    in-hos′pit-a-bl, adj. affording no kindness to strangers.—ns. Inhos′pitableness, Inhospital′ity, want of hospitality or courtesy to strangers.—adv. Inhos′pitably.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhospitable in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhospitable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Judge Kevin Ryan:

    They traversed very inhospitable territory, never knowing if the next step they took in deeply wooded areas would be their last, at any time you could have stopped the escape from happening.

  2. Henry David Thoreau, "Walden," the Conclusion:

    Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.

  3. George Frost Kennan:

    The best an American can look forward to is the lonely pleasure of one who stands at long last on a chilly and inhospitable mountaintop where few have been before, where few can follow and where few will consent to believe he has been.

  4. Andrew Herdman:

    Further investment is needed in infrastructure, many of the airports in Indonesia are dealing with congestion well beyond their design capacity. Some of the smaller airports, and this most recent tragedy involved short haul service between two remote airports in inhospitable terrain in Papua -- airports in that terrain need upgrading of navigation aids and other operational enhancements.

  5. Judge Kevin Ryan:

    A large portion of the local population were terrorized. Many were forced to flee their homes. Some did not not have places to go, and had to rent hotel rooms or leave the area. Many residents did not sleep for many nights, afraid that these two extremely violent individuals might be outside their homes, law enforcement officers came here not just from across New York state, but from all over the country. They traversed very inhospitable territory, never knowing if the next step they took in deeply wooded areas might be their last. And think of their families at home, sick with concern and fright for their loved ones. At any time, you could have stopped the escape from happening.

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