To repell is to make something unpleasant or unpleasant to look at or smell stay away. If you repell insects, you're preventing them from getting close to your house.

  • The smell of the perfume repelled the mosquitoes.

  • The paint repelled the water, making it easy to clean.

Definition of repelling


highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust


disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repellent, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky

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Example Sentences for repelling

  • 1

    The man is repelling to hear that.

  • 2

    Blood is repellent to many people.

  • 3

    The general managed to repel the attack.

  • 4

    The leaves are used as an insect repellent.

  • 5

    The precipitate is inert for repellent activity.

  • 6

    At first, with the assistance of the Zoroastrians, the invaders are repelled.

  • 7

    The defeated nation attempts to repel the invaders.

  • 8

    The picture of voting procedure is just repelling.

  • 9

    These birds learn to avoid the repellent chemicals.

  • 10

    What made him feel repelling