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[uhn-greyt-fuh l]
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  1. unappreciative; not displaying gratitude; not giving due return or recompense for benefits conferred: ungrateful heirs.
  2. unpleasant; distasteful; repellent: an ungrateful task.
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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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Related Words for ungrateful

selfish, thankless, unthankful, careless, demanding, dissatisfied, faultfinding, forgetful, grasping, grumbling, heedless, ingrate, insensible, oblivious, self-centered, unmindful, unnatural, unappreciative

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British Dictionary definitions for ungrateful


  1. not grateful or thankful
  2. unrewarding or unpleasant; thankless
  3. (of land) failing to increase fertility in response to cultivation
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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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