not content; dissatisfied; discontented.


Also dis·con·tent·ment. lack of contentment; dissatisfaction.
a restless desire or craving for something one does not have.
a malcontent.

verb (used with object)

to make discontented; dissatisfy; displease.

Nearby words

  1. discongruity,
  2. disconnect,
  3. disconnected,
  4. disconnection,
  5. disconsolate,
  6. discontented,
  7. discontinuance,
  8. discontinuation,
  9. discontinuation test,
  10. discontinue

Origin of discontent

First recorded in 1485–95; dis-1 + content2

Related formspre·dis·con·tent, nounpre·dis·con·tent·ment, noun

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Also called: discontentment lack of contentment, as with one's condition or lot in life
a discontented person




(tr) to make dissatisfied
Derived Formsdiscontented, adjectivediscontentedly, adverbdiscontentedness, noun

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