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[dis-teyst-fuh l] /dɪsˈteɪst fəl/
unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike:
a distasteful chore.
unpleasant to the taste:
a distasteful medicine.
showing distaste or dislike.
Origin of distasteful
First recorded in 1600-10; distaste + -ful
Related forms
distastefully, adverb
distastefulness, noun
undistasteful, adjective
1. disagreeable, displeasing; repugnant, repulsive. 2. unpalatable, unsavory. Unabridged
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  • Having a comfortable income, he turned his thoughts to literature, and from that time all other work was distasteful.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • I understand, at least, how distasteful the association must have been.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • From the doorstep of the little cabin, Jimmy, chin in hand, watched our distasteful labours with insolent and melancholy eyes.

  • His whiskers gradually became the most distasteful of all to me.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • What right had anyone to order another's life, to put one in hard and distasteful places!

    Helen Grant's Schooldays Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for distasteful


unpleasant or offensive
Derived Forms
distastefully, adverb
distastefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for distasteful

c.1600, from distaste + -ful. Related: Distastefully; distastefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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