off-putting
off-putting off-putting adj. 1. hard to deal with.

Syn: awkward, disconcerting, embarrassing, sticky, tight, unenviable. [WordNet 1.5]

2. tending to repel.

Syn: unappealing. [WordNet 1.5]

The trappings of upper-class life are off-putting and sterile. --Elizabeth Hess


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • off-putting — off .putting adj BrE if someone s behaviour or the appearance of something is off putting, you do not like it or you think it is unattractive ▪ Some women found the competitive style of the discussions off putting. >off puttingly adv →put… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • off-putting — off put|ting [ ɔf,putıŋ ] adjective MAINLY BRITISH 1. ) used for describing something that you want to avoid because it is unpleasant and not attractive: It tasted OK but the smell was a little off putting. 2. ) used for describing something that …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off-putting — off puttingly, adv. /awf poot ing, of /, adj. provoking uneasiness, dislike, annoyance, or repugnance; disturbing or disagreeable. [1820 30; OFF + PUTTING, after v. phrase put off] * * * …   Universalium

  • off-putting — 1570s, procrastinating, from OFF (Cf. off) (adv.) + PUT (Cf. put) (v.). Meaning creating an unfavorable impression is first recorded 1894 …   Etymology dictionary

  • off-putting — off′ put ting adj. cvb provoking uneasiness, dislike, annoyance, or repugnance: off putting remarks[/ex] • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • off-putting — [ôf′poot΄iŋ] adj. Chiefly Brit. tending to put one off; distracting, annoying, etc …   English World dictionary

  • off-putting — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unpleasant or disconcerting …   English terms dictionary

  • off-putting — adjective 1. causing annoyance or repugnance an off putting remark • Similar to: ↑displeasing 2. tending to repel The trappings of upper class life are off putting and sterile Elizabeth Hess • Similar to: ↑unappealing * * * ˈoff putting …   Useful english dictionary

  • off-putting — adjective if someone s behaviour or the appearance of something is off putting, it is strange or unpleasant and stops you from liking or being interested in them: Jack s aggressiveness is really off putting. see also: put sb/sth off put off… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • off-putting — adj. (informal, esp. BrE) VERBS ▪ be ▪ find sth ▪ I find it very off putting when people don t look me in the eye. ADVERB ▪ extremely, fai …   Collocations dictionary

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