dis·​gust·​ing di-ˈskə-stiŋ How to pronounce disgusting (audio)
 also  diz-
: causing a strong feeling of dislike or disinclination : causing disgust
the food was disgusting
a disgusting magazine
a disgusting way to treat people
di-ˈskə-stiŋ-lē How to pronounce disgusting (audio)
 also  diz-

Example Sentences

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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Word History


from present participle of disgust entry 2

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disgusting was in 1754

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“Disgusting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgusting. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: causing disgust
disgusting behavior
disgustingly adverb

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