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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Other Words from ungrateful

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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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 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

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First Known Use of ungrateful

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ungrateful was in 1533

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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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