not satisfied or pleased; discontented.
showing dissatisfaction: a dissatisfied look.

Origin of dissatisfied

First recorded in 1665–75; dissatisfy + -ed2
Related formsdis·sat·is·fied·ly, adverbdis·sat·is·fied·ness, nounself-dis·sat·is·fied, adjective

Synonyms for dissatisfied

displeased, unhappy, disgruntled.



verb (used with object), dis·sat·is·fied, dis·sat·is·fy·ing.

to cause to be displeased, especially by failing to provide something expected or desired.

Origin of dissatisfy

First recorded in 1660–70; dis-1 + satisfy
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Examples from the Web for dissatisfied

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Historical Examples of dissatisfied

  • Auntie, dear, the trip has made me more restless and dissatisfied than ever.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • A lieutenant wrote to him to say that he was dissatisfied with his captain.

  • Nelson was dissatisfied with himself, and therefore weary of the world.

  • He was pleasant, but no good at conversation, and he had a dreamy, dissatisfied look.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • And so I stay at home, dissatisfied with myself, with every one else and with everything.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for dissatisfied



having or showing dissatisfaction; discontented
Derived Formsdissatisfiedly, adverb


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to fail to satisfy; disappoint
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Word Origin and History for dissatisfied



1660s; see dis- + satisfy. Related: Dissatisfied; dissatisfying.

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