Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not sociable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unsociable; not inclined to society or conversation.
  • Incapable of being associated or conjoined.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Incapable of being associated, joined, or connected.
  • adjective Not sociable or companionable; disinclined to social intercourse or conversation; unsociable; taciturn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not sociable or companionable.
  • adjective obsolete Incapable of being associated, joined, or connected.

Etymologies

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Latin insociabilis: compare French insociable. See in- not, and sociable.

Examples

  • The observers of this law may be called sociable, (the Latins call them commodi); the contrary, stubborn, insociable, forward, intractable.

    Leviathan

  • I abhor such fanatical phantasimes, such insociable and point-devise companions; such rackers of orthography...

    Shakespeare's Insult 22-23 July 2006

  • I abhor such fanatical phantasimes, such insociable and point-devise companions; such rackers of orthography, as to speak dout, fine, when he should say doubt; det, when he should pronounce debt, — d,

    Love’s Labour ’s Lost

  • The observers of this law may be called ‘sociable’—the Latins call them commodi; the contrary, ‘stubborn, ’ ‘insociable, ’ ‘froward, ’ ‘intractable.

    Chapter XV. Of Other Laws of Nature

  • Take, for instance, Master Holofernes's vituperation of Don Adrian de Armado in _Love's Labour Lost_, and see what you can make of it: 'I abhor such phantasms, such insociable and point-devise companions, such rackers of orthography, as to speak

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 460 Volume 18, New Series, October 23, 1852

  • Isabella, your servant, Madam, being sensible of the insociable and solitary life you lead, I have brought my whole Family to wait on your Ladyship, and this my Son in Futuro, to kiss your hands, I beseech your Ladyship to know him son your humble servant: my Son and your Nephew Madam are coming, with the Musick too, we mean to pass the whole day with your Ladyship: — and see they are here.

    Sir Patient Fancy

  • _ _Isabella_, your Servant, Madam: being sensible of the insociable and solitary Life you lead, I have brought my whole Family to wait on your Ladyship, and this my Son _in Futuro_, to kiss your Hands,

    The Works of Aphra Behn Volume IV.

  • The observers of this law may be called sociable, (the Latins call them commodi); the contrary, stubborn, insociable, forward, intractable.

    Leviathan, or, The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill

  • I abhor such fanatical phantasimes, such insociable and point-devise companions; such rackers of orthography, as to speak dout, fine, when he should say doubt; det, when he should pronounce debt, -- d,

    Love's Labour's Lost

  • Besides a foolish and feeble pride, an impertinent prating, froward and insociable humours, superstition, and a ridiculous desire of riches when we have lost the use of them, I find there more envy, injustice, and malice.

    The Essays of Montaigne — Volume 14

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