Definition of distasteful in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈtās(t)fəl/


Causing dislike or disgust; offensive; unpleasant: customers complained about the distasteful odor
More example sentences
  • If someone is unpleasant or distasteful, postings from that address can be blocked.
  • I attended one Old Firm match in the 1970s and found it an unpleasant and distasteful affair.
  • Of course, in some ways this notion is distasteful, obscene and disgusting.



Pronunciation: /disˈtās(t)fəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘Well, I wouldn't be interested in bungee jumping,’ she says distastefully, without hesitation.
  • He could be distastefully off-hand when actually presented with the people he campaigned for, evidently happier to treat them as causes.
  • I gawked at her in her evening gown and all of the champagne-sippers looked at my jeans/shirt combo distastefully.


Pronunciation: /disˈtās(t)fəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • The use of conspicuous colors (yellow, red, and orange) by prey in order to convey distastefulness, or other unpleasant properties, is called aposematism.
  • She spoke in weary notes, as though self-protection was taking on a certain distastefulness, whispering, 'You can't stay.'
  • Some of your ideas were foreshadowed in the 1930s by Ronald Fisher's writings on the distastefulness of some insects.


Early 17th century.

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Syllabification: dis·taste·ful

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