Definition of distrustful in English:

distrustful

Line breaks: dis|trust|ful
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈtrʌstfl
 
/

adjective

Feeling or showing distrust of someone or something: I have grown up to be distrustful of men
More example sentences
  • Licinius became increasingly distrustful of him and suspicious of his own Christian subjects, whom he began to persecute.
  • It is not in borrowers' interests for them to become worried and distrustful of their lender.
  • Most Scots, they say, are distrustful of the nuclear industry and would prefer to tackle climate change through windmills, tidal and solar power, and recycling.
Synonyms
mistrustful, suspicious, chary, apprehensive, lacking trust, lacking confidence, lacking faith; sceptical, unsure, doubtful, dubious, cynical; cautious, circumspect, careful, wary, uneasy; questioning, disbelieving, unbelieving, incredulous
informal leery, cagey

Derivatives

distrustfully

adverb
More example sentences
  • My companions eyed me distrustfully, as if they sensed something different about me: a new detachment.
  • Kirsten said, peering at the cups distrustfully, ‘Darling, I'll try a bite first.’
  • She looked at him distrustfully, and he scowled at her.

Definition of distrustful in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something