verb (used with object), dis·liked, dis·lik·ing.

to regard with displeasure, antipathy, or aversion: I dislike working. I dislike oysters.


a feeling of aversion; antipathy: a strong dislike for Bach.

Origin of dislike

First recorded in 1545–55; dis-1 + like2
Related formsdis·lik·a·ble, dis·like·a·ble, adjectivepre·dis·like, noun, verb (used with object), pre·dis·liked, pre·dis·lik·ing.self-dis·like, nounself-dis·liked, adjective

Synonyms for dislike

Synonym study

2. Dislike, disgust, distaste, repugnance imply antipathy toward something. Dislike is a general word, sometimes connoting an inherent or permanent feeling of antipathy for something: to have a dislike for crowds. Disgust connotes a feeling of loathing for what is offensive to the feelings and sensibilities: He felt disgust at seeing such ostentation. Distaste implies a more or less settled dislike: to have distaste for spicy foods, for hard work. Repugnance is a strong feeling of aversion for, and antagonism toward, something: to feel repugnance for (or toward ) low criminals.
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Examples from the Web for dislike

Contemporary Examples of dislike

Historical Examples of dislike

  • She is to be pitied—she cannot either like or dislike with temper!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I have borne it for my mother's sake--in spite of her dislike of me--and for your sake, because I loved you.


    William J. Locke

  • Mrs. Roberts was almost ashamed to dislike it as much as she did.

  • Don't bother, Mr. Langdon; I dislike prying into anybody's business.


    W. A. Fraser

  • She had lived down much of the dislike that her husband had aroused.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for dislike



(tr) to consider unpleasant or disagreeable


a feeling of aversion or antipathy
Derived Formsdislikable or dislikeable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dislike

1540s (implied in disliking), hybrid which ousted native mislike as the opposite of like. Related: Disliked; disliking. English in 16c. also had the excellent dislove "hate, cease to love," but it did not survive.

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