[ dis-guhs-ting, dih-skuhs- ]
/ dɪsˈgʌs tɪŋ, dɪˈskʌs- /


causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste.

Origin of disgusting

First recorded in 1745–55; disgust + -ing2

Related forms

dis·gust·ing·ly, adjectivedis·gust·ing·ness, noun

Definition for disgusting (2 of 2)


[ dis-guhst, dih-skuhst ]
/ dɪsˈgʌst, dɪˈskʌst /

verb (used with object)

to cause loathing or nausea in.
to offend the good taste, moral sense, etc., of; cause extreme dislike or revulsion in: Your vulgar remarks disgust me.


a strong distaste; nausea; loathing.
repugnance caused by something offensive; strong aversion: He left the room in disgust.

Origin of disgust

1590–1600; (v.) < Middle French desgouster, equivalent to des- dis-1 + gouster to taste, relish, derivative of goust taste < Latin gusta (see choose); (noun) < Middle French desgoust, derivative of the v.

Related forms

Can be confused

discussed disgust

Synonym study

4. See dislike.
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British Dictionary definitions for disgusting (1 of 2)


/ (dɪsˈɡʌstɪŋ) /


loathsome; repugnantAlso (rare): disgustful

Derived Forms

disgustingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for disgusting (2 of 2)


/ (dɪsˈɡʌst) /

verb (tr)

to sicken or fill with loathing
to offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of


a great loathing or distaste aroused by someone or something
in disgust as a result of disgust

Derived Forms

disgustedly, adverbdisgustedness, noun

Word Origin for disgust

C16: from Old French desgouster, from des- dis- 1 + gouster to taste, from goust taste, from Latin gustus
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