dis·​please (ˌ)dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio)
displeased; displeasing; displeases

transitive verb

: to incur the disapproval or dislike of especially by annoying
their gossip displeases her
: to be offensive to
abstract art displeases him

intransitive verb

: to give displeasure
behavior calculated to displease

Example Sentences

her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her
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Word History


Middle English displesen, from Anglo-French despleisir, desplere, from des- dis- + pleisir to please — more at please

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of displease was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Displease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displease. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​please (ˈ)dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio)
: to cause to feel disapproval, dislike, or annoyance
was displeased by the delay

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