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
2 : disagreeable also : thankless

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ungrateful


thankless, unappreciated



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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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Trump claimed that leaders in Puerto Rico were incompetent and ungrateful. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "'This is a lie': Schumer bashes Trump for claim about Puerto Rico and disaster aid," 6 June 2019 Carlson cited this granting of asylum as evidence of America's generosity — and said that Omar is ungrateful. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Tucker Carlson blasts Rep. Ilhan Omar, and she calls him a 'racist fool'," 10 July 2019 In a burst of optimism, Article Eleven offered a place in the American Confederacy to Canada, an offer which the ungrateful Canadians declined. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 Doesn’t matter if two-film-olds are ungrateful to the industry that has given them all. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Amidst its many crises, India’s obsessing over an 18-year-old’s decision to quit Bollywood," 3 July 2019 Team Trump should ignore the ungrateful car companies and move ahead with the new rules. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Backseat Drivers," 16 June 2019 How else will your unborn albeit already ungrateful kids get in? 7. Sarah Solomon, Town & Country, "28 New Year's Resolutions Every Preppy Should Make," 28 Dec. 2016 But pro-government media, which had previously lavished praise on him, have increasingly sided with the federation in the latest dispute, with some accusing him of being arrogant, ungrateful and seeking exclusive privileges. Hamza Hendawi And Samy Magdy, Fox News, "Salah takes on Egyptian federation over World Cup debacle," 30 Aug. 2018 And yet in spite of all of this (warning: spoilers ahead), this ungrateful creature could not find a single nice anecdote to tell about her dad at his own funeral in the Netflix revival. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Lorelai Gilmore Is Seriously The Worst," 5 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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