Definition of dislike in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /disˈlīk/


[with object]
Feel distaste for or hostility toward: he was not distressed by the death of a man he had always disliked
More example sentences
  • Why this was I never knew because she disliked him intensely and was always threatening to change him.
  • But I can't help disliking our modern obsession with buying things.
  • Brown is understandably defensive, disliking the brutal suggestion that the life and pensions sector had been guilty of incompetence.
find distasteful, regard with distaste, be averse to, have an aversion to, have no liking/taste for, disapprove of, object to, take exception to;
hate, detest, loathe, abhor, despise, be unable to bear/stand, shrink from, shudder at, find repellent
informal be unable to stomach
formal abominate


1A feeling of distaste or hostility: despite her dislike of publicity, she was quite a celebrated figure they had taken a dislike to each other
More example sentences
  • Despite her inner ramblings, the door slithered open, to her huge dislike and distaste.
  • Would that 20 per cent poll indicate the public's dislike and distrust of the local political system we have?
  • Despite his simulated dislike of women, he is clearly highly susceptible.
1.1A thing to which one feels aversion: I know all his likes and dislikes
More example sentences
  • This allows those who have very strong likes and dislikes to avoid their dislikes.
  • The Guardian's music writers let fly on their personal dislikes.
  • Another of my dislikes is bad customer service.



Pronunciation: /disˈlīkəb(ə)l/
(also dislikable) adjective
Example sentences
  • Many good daughters love fathers who are thoroughly dislikeable by any objective standard - and the world is a better and more stable place for it.
  • Instead of action, lengthy passages are filled with florid adjectives in a series of vitriolic portraits of dislikeable passengers on a train.
  • There was something heroic in her blinkered self-belief, and for all her dislikeable qualities, audiences were irresistibly drawn to her.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dis·like

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.