distasteful

adjective dis·taste·ful \ (ˌ)dis-ˈtāst-fəl \

Definition of distasteful

1 a : objectionable because offensive to one's personal taste : unpleasant, disagreeable
  • found the job distasteful
  • a shady, distasteful character
b : objectionable because in poor taste, inappropriate, or unethical
  • a harmless stroking … but it seems oddly distasteful in retrospect
  • —Richard Sandza et al.
2 : unpleasant to the taste
  • distasteful unripe fruit

distastefully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

distastefulness

noun

Examples of distasteful in a Sentence

  1. The work was distasteful, but it was the best I could find at the time.

  2. It was a distasteful subject to him.

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First Known Use of distasteful

1607


DISTASTEFUL Defined for English Language Learners

distasteful

adjective

Definition of distasteful for English Language Learners

  • : not pleasant or enjoyable

  • : morally offensive


DISTASTEFUL Defined for Kids

distasteful

adjective dis·taste·ful \ dis-ˈtāst-fəl \

Definition of distasteful for Students

: unpleasant
  • a distasteful subject


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