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Definitions of hostile

  1. An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; - commonly in the plural. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Hostilely. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. impossible to bring into friendly accord; "hostile factions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (business) used of attempts to buy or take control of a business; "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. marked by features that oppose constructive treatment or development; "not able to accomplish much in such a hostile environment" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. very unfriendly; "a hostile attitude" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally; "hostile naval and air forces" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. used of attempts to buy or take control of a business; "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or enemies; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Showing ill will or animosity; adverse; unfriendly; repugnant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Belonging to an enemy: showing enmity: warlike: adverse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Unfriendly; warlike; adverse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Belonging to an enemy; showing enmity; unfriendly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Adverse; unfriendly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for hostile

  1. The French king and the English king begin to look upon each other with hostile eyes." – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  2. It was neither hostile nor friendly; on McVickar's part it was gruffly business- like. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
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