dislike; disinclination.
dislike for food or drink.

verb (used with object), dis·tast·ed, dis·tast·ing.

Archaic. to dislike.

Origin of distaste

First recorded in 1580–90; dis-1 + taste

Synonyms for distaste

Synonym study

1. See dislike.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for distaste

Contemporary Examples of distaste

Historical Examples of distaste

  • Sigmund shrunk a little away from his uncle, not timidly, but with some distaste.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Lydia asked scornfully, with a distaste she didn't propose to lessen.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • "I'm going to ask you a question," said Jeffrey shortly, in his distaste for asking it at all.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • She was quite conscious of his distaste, but it didn't trouble her.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Young Powell asked himself with some distaste what was the meaning of these utterances.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for distaste



(often foll by for) an absence of pleasure (in); dislike (of); aversion (to)to look at someone with distaste


(tr) an archaic word for dislike
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for distaste

1590s, from dis- + taste.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper