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[dis-teyst-fuh l] /dɪsˈteɪst fəl/
unpleasant, offensive, or causing dislike:
a distasteful chore.
unpleasant to the taste:
a distasteful medicine.
showing distaste or dislike.
Origin of distasteful
1600-10; distaste + -ful
Related forms
distastefully, adverb
distastefulness, noun
undistasteful, adjective
1. disagreeable, displeasing; repugnant, repulsive. 2. unpalatable, unsavory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for distasteful
  • There are lots of ornamental plants bunnies find distasteful.
  • Another distasteful question was the inevitable two-parter about what she was doing next and when the world would see it.
  • Regardless, the choice of word is distasteful and disconcerting.
  • Please tell me how to cultivate the bacteria that mosquitoes find so distasteful.
  • But the captain had gradually wearied of it, and the thought of his approaching marriage grew more distasteful to him every day.
  • Trade was distasteful to him-he found it dishonest and cheap.
  • The thought of having lots of money is appealing for the first time, and the thought of poverty is distasteful.
  • Some butterflies bear bright markings, which they have evolved as a warning to predators that they are poisonous or distasteful.
  • Their wildly inconsistent application of the rule suggests that they really wanted to toss out evidence they found distasteful.
  • We all know that these are now as dead as mutton, and as distasteful as stale mutton.
British Dictionary definitions for distasteful


unpleasant or offensive
Derived Forms
distastefully, adverb
distastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distasteful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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