[uhn-greyt-fuh l]


unappreciative; not displaying gratitude; not giving due return or recompense for benefits conferred: ungrateful heirs.
unpleasant; distasteful; repellent: an ungrateful task.

Origin of ungrateful

First recorded in 1545–55; un-1 + grateful
Related formsun·grate·ful·ly, adverbun·grate·ful·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for ungrateful

Contemporary Examples of ungrateful

  • I know one shouldn't be ungrateful, but what is it about people giving your kids ridiculous presents when you are on holiday?

  • There will be tears, ungrateful betrayals, but at some point—if you keep your faith—the problem child will grow up.

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  • Small children are ungrateful; to do one a favor is, from a business point of view, about as shrewd as making a subprime mortgage.

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    Michael Lewis

    June 20, 2009

Historical Examples of ungrateful

British Dictionary definitions for ungrateful



not grateful or thankful
unrewarding or unpleasant; thankless
(of land) failing to increase fertility in response to cultivation
Derived Formsungratefully, adverbungratefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ungrateful

1550s, from un- (1) "not" + grateful. Related: Ungratefully.

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