Definition of disagreeable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈɡrēəb(ə)l/


1Not pleasant or enjoyable: another disagreeable thought came to him some aspects of his work are disagreeable to him
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  • Eating meat is disagreeable to Thoreau's imagination, and his distaste of it is instinctual.
  • Same goes for thoughts, if those thoughts are disagreeable to me, I would not agree with them regardless of how honourable you are or how many others are willing to vouchsafe for you.
  • Your opinion, although disagreeable to me, is something that I risked my liberal life to protect.
1.1Unfriendly and bad-tempered: Henry was always a very disagreeable boy
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  • By turns disagreeable, petulant, and self-pitying, they have as a group failed their employees, their investors, and their customers.
  • He is disagreeable, difficult and completely daft.
  • When that happened, which was surprisingly often, she was snappish and disagreeable.
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, curmudgeonly, cross, crabbed, irritable, grumpy, peevish, sullen, prickly;
unfriendly, unpleasant, nasty, mean, mean-spirited, ill-natured, rude, surly, discourteous, impolite, brusque, abrupt, churlish, disobliging



Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈɡrēəbəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • Finally, he found that mothers’ agreeableness during mother-child game-playing tasks was negatively correlated with children's disagreeableness during child-peer interactions.
  • We children forgot a lot of the disagreeableness when the wagon was unloaded and we saw the good things to eat and the yards and yards of calico and outing flannel that Mother had bought to make us new clothes…
  • Surely, since we would not intentionally create such disagreeableness, it must be the product of irresistible unconscious forces.


Pronunciation: /ˈˌdisəˈɡrēəblē/
Example sentences
  • They rarely focus on textbooks but always introduce something awfully fresh and disagreeably insightful.
  • It was a line-up that gave off an odour of complacency or perhaps, more disagreeably, of indifference to the prize at stake.
  • It is really surprising what a number of cars will smoke disagreeably.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'discordant, incongruous'): from Old French desagreable, based on agreer 'agree'.

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Syllabification: dis·a·gree·a·ble

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