[ dis-pleez ]
/ dɪsˈpliz /

verb (used with object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.

verb (used without object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to be unpleasant; cause displeasure: Bad weather displeases.

Nearby words

  1. display ad,
  2. display advertisement,
  3. display advertising,
  4. display type,
  5. displayed,
  6. displeased,
  7. displeasure,
  8. displode,
  9. displosion,
  10. displume

Origin of displease

1300–50; Middle English desplesen < Anglo-French, Middle French desplaisir. See dis-1, please

Related formsdis·pleas·ing·ly, adverbdis·pleas·ing·ness, nounself-dis·pleased, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for displeased


/ (dɪsˈpliːz) /


to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Formsdispleasing, adjectivedispleasingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for displeased



early 14c., from Old French desplais-, present tense stem of desplaisir "to displease" (13c.), from Latin displicere "displease," from dis- "not" (see dis-) + placere "to please" (see please). Related: Displeased; displeasing.

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