unapproachable [uhn-uh-proh-chuh-buhl] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for unapproachable on Thesaurus.com adjective

  1. not capable of being approached; remote; unreachable: an unapproachable spot; an unapproachable person.
  2. impossible to equal or rival: unapproachable mastery of her art.

Origin of unapproachable First recorded in 1575–85; un-1 + approachable Related formsun·ap·proach·a·bil·i·ty, un·ap·proach·a·ble·ness, nounun·ap·proach·a·bly, adverbSynonyms for unapproachable See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com 1. inaccessible, aloof, distant, austere, cold. Related Words for unapproachable aloof, chilly, cold, cool, distant, frigid, hesitant, inaccessible, remote, reserved, standoffish, uncommunicative, unsociable, withdrawn, out-of-the-way, unattainable, unreachable, unobtainable Examples from the Web for unapproachable Historical Examples of unapproachable

  • As yet Wyndham was still the unknown, shadowy, far-off, and unapproachable.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • She existed, unapproachable, behind the blank wall of his renunciation.


    Joseph Conrad

  • He looked as unconcerned and unapproachable as only the young can look.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Del Dardo would have swooned to see how Annina handled his Unapproachable.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • She was unapproachable in her own room when Mr. White and Mr. Morton came for them.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)


  • British Dictionary definitions for unapproachable unapproachable adjective

    1. discouraging intimacy, friendliness, etc; aloof
    2. inaccessible
    3. not to be rivalled

    Derived Formsunapproachableness, noununapproachably, adverb Word Origin and History for unapproachable adj.

    1580s, of places, from un- (1) “not” + approachable. Of persons, “distant, aloof,” attested from 1848. Related: Unapproachably.

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