Antonyms for unwelcoming

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But the place, for all its ingenuities of comfort, was oddly cold and unwelcoming.

With all this we were spared the bitterness of the unwelcoming thought.

They greeted its slow coming with dulled, wearied eyes, unwelcoming.

The deep voice, unwelcoming, vibrant with an odd ring, would have struck a less suspicious man than Dene.

The narrowness gave it a look of unwelcoming meagerness, this although it was of a good size.

An unwelcoming Cockney voice answered that Mr. Waring was engaged and invited her to leave a message.

It took more than an unwelcoming face to divert the obstinate old Frenchman from any purpose firmly fixed in his mind.

The unwelcoming tones made it abundantly clear that the remainder of his thought ran: "And you've no business to get into it."

She slipped to the floor, put her head on his unwelcoming shoulder and her arms about his neck.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wilcuma, exclamation of kindly greeting, from earlier wilcuma (n.) "welcome guest," literally "one whose coming is in accord with another's will," from willa "pleasure, desire, choice" (see will (v.)) + cuma "guest," related to cuman (see come). Cf. Old High German willicomo, Middle Dutch wellecome. Meaning "entertainment or public reception as a greeting" is recorded from 1530. You're welcome as a formulaic response to thank you is attested from 1907. Welcome mat first recorded 1951; welcome wagon is attested from 1961.

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