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


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displeased, unhappy, disgruntled.


verb (used with object), dis·sat·is·fied, dis·sat·is·fy·ing.
  1. to cause to be displeased, especially by failing to provide something expected or desired.
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Origin of dissatisfy

First recorded in 1660–70; dis-1 + satisfy
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  • Auntie, dear, the trip has made me more restless and dissatisfied than ever.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

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

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

  • 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


  1. having or showing dissatisfaction; discontented
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Derived Formsdissatisfiedly, adverb


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (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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