Definition of forbidding adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fəˈbɪdɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//fərˈbɪdɪŋ//
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seeming unfriendly and frightening a forbidding appearance/look/manner The house looked dark and forbidding.Extra examples His face took on a forbidding, sombre look. It was a dark, rather forbidding building. a forbidding appearance/​atmosphere/​manner
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