unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike: a distasteful chore.
unpleasant to the taste: a distasteful medicine.
showing distaste or dislike.

Origin of distasteful

First recorded in 1600–10; distaste + -ful
Related formsdis·taste·ful·ly, adverbdis·taste·ful·ness, nounun·dis·taste·ful, adjective

Synonyms for distasteful

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Examples from the Web for distasteful

Contemporary Examples of distasteful

Historical Examples of distasteful

  • The task now imposed upon him was a most distasteful and unwelcome one.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Again that distasteful expression fraught with distrust and insinuation.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Recitals were almost as distasteful as Chapter meetings or "At Homes" to his mind.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Any to whom this clause in the articles was distasteful might follow some other leader.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • They had, somehow, a distasteful, puzzling piece of work cut out for them.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for distasteful



unpleasant or offensive
Derived Formsdistastefully, adverbdistastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distasteful

c.1600, from distaste + -ful. Related: Distastefully; distastefulness.

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