[dis-truhst-fuh l]


unable or unwilling to trust; doubtful; suspicious: An alert scientist is distrustful of coincidences.

Origin of distrustful

First recorded in 1585–95; distrust + -ful
Related formsdis·trust·ful·ly, adverbdis·trust·ful·ness, nounpre·dis·trust·ful, adjectiveun·dis·trust·ful, adjectiveun·dis·trust·ful·ly, adverbun·dis·trust·ful·ness, noun
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  • She was distrustful of the future, and apt to anticipate bad fortune.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The one preserved a calm and placid smile; the other, a distrustful frown.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Karl cast a distrustful glance sideways at my nursling and spoke not.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • There was a pause while he searched her face with a distrustful scrutiny.

  • It would not obey his brain because, after all, what could the brain report of his distrustful heart?

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown