ungrateful

adjective

un·​grate·​ful ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce ungrateful (audio)
1
: showing no gratitude : making a poor return
an ungrateful child
2
ungratefully adverb
ungratefulness noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ungrateful was in 1533

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“Ungrateful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungrateful. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

ungrateful

adjective
un·​grate·​ful ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl How to pronounce ungrateful (audio)
ˈən-
1
: not thankful for favors
an ungrateful child
2
: not pleasing : disagreeable
an ungrateful task
ungratefully adverb
ungratefulness noun

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