dis·​gust·​ing | \ di-ˈskəs-tiŋ, dis-ˈgəs- also diz-\

Definition of disgusting

: causing a strong feeling of dislike or disinclination : causing disgust the food was disgusting a disgusting magazine a disgusting way to treat people

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Other Words from disgusting

disgustingly \ di-​ˈskəs-​tiŋ-​lē , dis-​ˈgəs-​ also  diz-​ \ adverb

Examples of disgusting in a Sentence

What a disgusting way to treat people. when we cleaned the room, we found a disgusting plate of moldy food under the bed

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This is like weirdly satisfying but also SO disgusting! Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Gross AF Pimple Popping Videos That Are Disgustingly Satisfying," 10 Sep. 2018 Read on to learn about the most disgusting, outrageous things people have found in their food, but be forewarned: There's nothing happy about these meals. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "10 Strange Objects Found in Food," 3 Nov. 2010 Comes out like baby sh*t—disgusting brownish green. Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Raising Heritage Turkeys," 21 Nov. 2018 Since then, one of the pieces has been put on display, where visitors can watch the disgusting blob of fat go through changes in real time. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch London's Gross Fatberg Gruesomely Transform in Real Time," 15 Aug. 2018 Still, the watch-clad, bloody chunk of wrist was particularly disgusting to me. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "These 3D X-rays are spectacular and really gross," 14 Aug. 2018 Couldn’t agree more with this letter about the disgusting article that Jan Moir wrote about @princesseugenie and Jack. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sarah Ferguson Reacts to Article Calling Princess Eugenie's Wedding "Preposterously Lavish"," 26 July 2018 By the time members have finished scouring the merchandise, only bruised or disgusting tomatoes will be left. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Pay Up if You Want to Eat Premium Bananas," 11 May 2018 The details that have been released are shocking, appalling and disgusting. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "AL.com All-Access: Some thoughts on Reuben Foster," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disgusting

1754, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disgusting

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English Language Learners Definition of disgusting

: so unpleasant to see, smell, taste, consider, etc., that you feel slightly sick

: so bad, unfair, inappropriate, etc., that you feel annoyed and angry


dis·​gust·​ing | \ di-ˈskə-stiŋ, dis-ˈgə-stiŋ\

Kids Definition of disgusting

: very sickening or bad a disgusting smell

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