What does repellent mean?

Definitions for repellentrɪˈpɛl ənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word repellent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. repellent, repellant(noun)

    a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water

  2. repellent, repellant(noun)

    a chemical substance that repels animals

  3. repellent, repellant(adj)

    the power to repel

    "she knew many repellents to his advances"

  4. rebarbative, repellent, repellant(adj)

    serving or tending to repel

    "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful"; "I find his obsequiousness repellent"

  5. disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky(adj)

    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

    "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"

  6. repellent, resistant(adj)

    incapable of absorbing or mixing with

    "a water-repellent fabric"; "plastic highly resistant to steam and water"


  1. repellent(Noun)

    someone who repels

  2. repellent(Noun)

    a substance used to repel insects

  3. repellent(Noun)

    a substance or treatment for a fabric etc to make it impervious to something

  4. repellent(Adjective)

    tending or able to repel

  5. repellent(Adjective)

    repulsive, inspiring aversion

  6. repellent(Adjective)

    resistant or impervious to something

  7. Origin: From repellens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repellent(adj)

    driving back; able or tending to repel

  2. Repellent(noun)

    that which repels

  3. Repellent(noun)

    a remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid

  4. Repellent(noun)

    a kind of waterproof cloth

  5. Origin: [L. repellens, -entis, p. pr. ]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repellent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repellent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pina LoGiudice:

    They act as a repellent to the sun’s rays, creating a physical barrier rather than a chemical one.

  2. Matt Sweat:

    He had maps, he had a certain amount of tools, he had bug repellent, he had wipes, he had Pop-Tarts.

  3. So I Married an Axe Murderer:

    Harriet Do you actually like haggis Charlie No, I think it's repellent in every way. In fact, I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.

  4. Pedro Pierluisi:

    There is no reason for alarm, and the public should continue to take common sense steps to avoid mosquito bites, like using repellent and wearing long pants and shirts.

  5. Arthur Conan Doyle:

    The most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor.

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