Definition of disagreeable in English:



  • 1Not pleasant or enjoyable.

    ‘another disagreeable thought came to him’
    ‘some aspects of his work are disagreeable to him’
    • ‘Some of Kraig's ideas may be disagreeable to some people.’
    • ‘There had been such a rare and complete harmony between orchestra, soloists, conductor and audience that it seemed disagreeable to break the spell still binding everyone together.’
    • ‘If lying in the sun or listening to music gives us great pleasure, and dental drills and electrical shocks and nausea are very disagreeable, then it is hardly surprising that we seek out the former and try to avoid the latter.’
    • ‘The deep-seated hatred can be understood, but this plastic thing on the surface, this hypocrisy is disagreeable, and we try to puncture that in the play.’
    • ‘Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.’
    • ‘The situation is disagreeable to Japan, but Tokyo has put up with it to avoid upsetting bilateral relations.’
    • ‘Eating meat is disagreeable to Thoreau's imagination, and his distaste of it is instinctual.’
    • ‘It is easy to grant people the freedom to do what is agreeable to us; freedom is important only when it is the freedom for people to do what is disagreeable to others.’
    • ‘Battles cost money that Pakistan can ill afford - they also have a nasty habit of escalating into something much more disagreeable.’
    • ‘The words felt foul on his tongue, like the aftertaste of something disagreeable, but their impact was immediate.’
    • ‘Same goes for thoughts, if those thoughts are disagreeable to me, I would not agree with them regardless of how honourable you are or how many others are willing to vouchsafe for you.’
    • ‘She had found something disagreeable in a story I'd written in the Listener about John before his death (unusually, for most find their objections to be more than singular).’
    • ‘Some find it disagreeable to depend on others to go about their lives, while some feel neglected.’
    • ‘If Americans sacked public officials after any tragic, scandalous or otherwise disagreeable wartime event - or even after a series of them - the United States would be paralyzed.’
    • ‘The London Underground system finds ever more cunning ways to make itself disagreeable to the sorry traveller.’
    • ‘At its simplest the aura may take the form of a familiar odour, or more commonly a disagreeable or even disgusting one.’
    • ‘This, in turn, can enable a greater tolerance of values and beliefs that are normative within this subgroup but may be foreign or disagreeable to the clinician.’
    • ‘Your opinion, although disagreeable to me, is something that I risked my liberal life to protect.’
    • ‘It was disagreeable to me, but I did exercise it, and no other power can be exercised in that Country.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in Cardiff, an unpleasant political became a still more disagreeable labour situation rather quickly.’
    unpleasant, displeasing, nasty, horrible, dreadful, horrid, frightful, abominable, odious, offensive, obnoxious, objectionable, repugnant, repulsive, repellent, revolting, disgusting, foul, vile, nauseating, sickening, hateful, detestable, distasteful, unsavoury, unpalatable
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    1. 1.1Unfriendly and bad-tempered.
      ‘Henry was always a very disagreeable boy’
      • ‘I have often met your older sister and found her to be rude obnoxious and generally disagreeable.’
      • ‘He is disagreeable, difficult and completely daft.’
      • ‘He may be fat, disagreeable, lazy and offensive in almost all he does, but there is no denying just how loveable that makes him.’
      • ‘That's something that a lot of people say is very important, because it creates a situation where people can disagree without being disagreeable.’
      • ‘Although he might be in culinary heaven - ‘If you're talking about food in France, you can't go wrong’ - his disagreeable kids are less than enthused.’
      • ‘Alongside Mone's name, however, we are troubled to find that of Sir Alan Sugar, who was so disagreeable to Lynn Barber recently.’
      • ‘By turns disagreeable, petulant, and self-pitying, they have as a group failed their employees, their investors, and their customers.’
      • ‘It had never occurred to Gwyn that one person could be so rude and disagreeable.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, it's unnecessarily disagreeable to suggest to his face that your interviewer actively wishes you ill.’
      • ‘A sceptical sports editor eventually agreed, although he was predictably disagreeable when what eventually materialised was a ‘Why Monty Should Consider Retiring’ column.’
      • ‘When that happened, which was surprisingly often, she was snappish and disagreeable.’
      • ‘‘Isn't that for sure,’ Joe mumbled not knowing what she meant but never liked to be disagreeable to a woman.’
      • ‘We do, after all, have to coexist with our colleagues, even if we find some of them disagreeable if not downright objectionable - while regarding others with perhaps undeserved reverence.’
      • ‘Would the ‘mercenaries ‘really have been any more rowdy or disagreeable than other tourist parties from our fair isles?’’
      • ‘In complete contrast to our disagreeable dining companion, the duck liver parfait he ordered was rich and smooth.’


Late Middle English (in the sense discordant, incongruous): from Old French desagreable, based on agreer agree.