un·​grate·​ful | \ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl \

Definition of ungrateful 

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

2 : disagreeable also : thankless

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ungrateful

ungratefully \ˌən-​ˈgrāt-​fə-​lē \ adverb
ungratefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for ungrateful


thankless, unappreciated



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Some see that same pugilism as a negative, especially when he's used it to deliver sharp upper cuts to top Republican leaders who had once been in his corner and now harshly criticize him as an ungrateful opportunist. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Todd Rokita is battling 'the elites,' including fellow Republicans who used to support him," 26 Apr. 2018 Not to sound ungrateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press, but that moment was my real Golden Globe. Jessica De Ruiter, Glamour, "Rachel Bloom Writes a Love Letter to Her Comedy Icon Carol Burnett," 2 July 2018 In the white-hot passions over Vietnam, police and National Guardsmen beat and sometimes shot those protesting the country’s policies, who were seen by many as ungrateful and un-American. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 But there's a big difference between being ungrateful and being a human being going through things. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alessia Cara Turns Her "Growing Pains" Into Pop Perfection," 18 June 2018 In her comment, Selena accuses Justin of cheating multiple times and hints that his ungrateful attitude towards his supporters is why Beliebers are angry with him. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Allegedly Accuses Justin Bieber of Cheating in Savage Instagram Response," 15 Aug. 2016 But the official complained many of the women are resentful and ungrateful - often throwing the food they have been given on the ground, and treating those guarding them with disrespect. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "The life of ISIS wives held in Syria: infighting, jealousy - and regrets," 23 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ungrateful.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ungrateful

Share ungrateful

Statistics for ungrateful

Last Updated

9 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ungrateful

The first known use of ungrateful was in 1533

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ungrateful



English Language Learners Definition of ungrateful

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


un·​grate·​ful | \ˌən-ˈgrāt-fəl \

Kids Definition of ungrateful

: not feeling or showing thanks an ungrateful child

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on ungrateful

What made you want to look up ungrateful? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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