un·​grate·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce ungrateful (audio) \

Definition of ungrateful

1 : showing no gratitude : making a poor return an ungrateful child

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ungratefully \ ˌən-​ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce ungratefully (audio) \ adverb
ungratefulness noun

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Examples of ungrateful in a Sentence

I don't mean to seem ungrateful. the park's custodial staff has the ungrateful job of cleaning up after the Independence Day party is over
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First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Aug 2020

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“Ungrateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrateful. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ungrateful

: not feeling or showing thanks for favors, gifts, etc. : not grateful


un·​grate·​ful | \ ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce ungrateful (audio) \

Kids Definition of ungrateful

: not feeling or showing thanks an ungrateful child

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