- disappointed; thwarted: an announcer who was a frustrated actor.
- having a feeling of or filled with frustration; dissatisfied: His unresolved difficulty left him absolutely frustrated.
Origin of frustrated
- to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
- to disappoint or thwart (a person): a talented woman whom life had frustrated.
- to become frustrated: His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
- Obsolete. frustrated.
Origin of frustrate
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Examples from the Web for frustrated
The clichés about football-obsessed husbands and frustrated wives are pretty heavy-handed.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
But there is a big twist in this story that has left both Grace Castro and Lozoya frustrated and grasping for more answers.
Aaron Sorkin is frustrated that his Steve Jobs biopic fell apart.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth
December 21, 2014
You have to admire his convictions; most frustrated auteurs in this town just call such things “an Alan Smithee project.”Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
But I was a choir geek, and then got frustrated and took an acting class and realized that was the thing for me.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
But the attempt was frustrated, and Eion at least was saved to Athens.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Nelson, who was appointed to superintend the evacuation, frustrated these projects.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The eyes into which she looked both helped her and frustrated her.
Vere and the young man himself had frustrated her, she thought.
Calhoun had definite plans, now, but there were so many ways in which they could be frustrated!Pariah Planet
- having feelings of dissatisfaction or lack of fulfilment
- to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
- to upset, agitate, or tireher constant complaints began to frustrate him
- archaic frustrated or thwarted; baffled
Word Origin and History for frustrated
"disappointed," 1640s, past participle adjective from frustrate.
mid-15c., from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrari "to deceive, disappoint, frustrate," from frustra (adv.) "in vain, in error," related to fraus "injury, harm" (see fraud). Related: Frustrated; frustrating.