Share this entry
distasteful Syllabification: dis·taste·ful
Pronunciation: /disˈtās(t)fəl/

Definition of distasteful in English:


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.

Definition of distasteful in:
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.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Related Words