disturbing

adjective
dis·​turb·​ing | \ di-ˈstər-biŋ How to pronounce disturbing (audio) \

Definition of disturbing

: causing feelings of worry, concern, or anxiety disturbing news a disturbing discovery The next phase in which I had a part was even more disturbing, and infinitely more painful.— Bram Stoker

Other Words from disturbing

disturbingly \ di-​ˈstər-​biŋ-​lē How to pronounce disturbing (audio) \ adverb
disturbingly high levels of pollution a disturbingly familiar problem … the texture of ordinary life and talk has taken on a disturbingly ambiguous quality … — Jonathan Raban

First Known Use of disturbing

1594, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About disturbing

Time Traveler for disturbing

Time Traveler

The first known use of disturbing was in 1594

See more words from the same year

Statistics for disturbing

Cite this Entry

“Disturbing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disturbing. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!