Definition of frustrated in US English:



  • 1Feeling or expressing distress and annoyance, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.

    ‘young people get frustrated with the system’
    • ‘I have always felt frustrated by this fact.’
    • ‘And people are displaced, they're scared, they're frustrated, they have lost loved ones.’
    • ‘Working-class people are frustrated because they can't make as much money as they want.’
    • ‘Louisiana citizens are rightly frustrated and concerned so I want our people to know that I am creating the Family Recovery Corps.’
    • ‘I'm just frustrated that I'm a fairly competent person who doesn't seem able to get a job, and then there's a bunch of people at this firm getting paid to, er, whatever it is they do.’
    • ‘I often found it difficult to bust my moves, and I was frustrated to see how many people were just standing around taking up space.’
    • ‘Personally, I am frustrated by the knowledge that I cannot demand more of some of my colleagues.’
    • ‘These people are frustrated, they are hungry, they're trying to get to higher ground.’
    • ‘I do not know whether there is a process whereby that very frustrated person can bring his case.’
    • ‘I looked at it as frustrated people taking out their frustrations on whatever got in their way.’
    • ‘Getting it on the spot is another thing, but essentially that is their strength, and he is frustrated that not many people understand what is a simple truth.’
    • ‘I joined the flow of talented, frustrated people streaming for the doors.’
    • ‘He said that Ian's family was frustrated by the delay in reaching a decision.’
    • ‘Cassie is also frustrated by the lack of treatments available to her.’
    • ‘I was faced with frustrated people who watched their favorite notions and practitioners of spiritualism go down in flames.’
    • ‘An untrained dog is as unhappy as the frustrated owner.’
    • ‘You're frustrated by his repeated failure to accurately use and understand the existing definitions of words.’
    • ‘He and others were frustrated by the inability to move the US government toward that objective.’
    • ‘They are driving a frustrated people to desperation.’
    • ‘Many people are understandably frustrated that we have yet to convert this warmonger's biggest crisis into his downfall.’
    saddened, upset, let down, disheartened, downhearted, cast down, downcast, depressed, dispirited, discouraged, despondent, dismayed, crestfallen, distressed, chagrined
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    1. 1.1attributive (of a person) unable to follow or be successful in a particular career.
      ‘a frustrated actor’
      • ‘I have always thought that movie critics are frustrated actors & actresses who have neither the talent nor the dedication to become a great actor.’
      • ‘He is a frustrated writer stuck in a dead-end job working with people he can barely stand for an uncle he can barely stomach.’
      • ‘Have I successfully painted my self-indulgent portrait of a frustrated artist yet?’
      • ‘Many of the BAFTA members are frustrated writers, performers or directors and they are similarly unable to contain their bitterness.’
      • ‘Let's face it, most lawyers are frustrated actors, so it's not surprising that Law Week is packed full of performance opportunities.’
      • ‘The list of actors moonlighting as frustrated musicians is not a short one.’
      • ‘He admitted years later that the frustrated actor had convincingly pitched himself.’
      • ‘Is it possible that he is a frustrated actor who consequently feels the need to criticise anyone with manifest abilities in this field?’
      • ‘Most lawyers are frustrated writers, actors, comedians or performers of some bent or another.’
      • ‘And he kind of got out here and he looked around, and he was a little bit of a frustrated actor.’
      lovesick, unrequited in love, crossed in love
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    2. 1.2attributive Prevented from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled.
      ‘our parents may want us to fulfill their own frustrated dreams’
      • ‘Beyond the locked door, in another time-frame, his family live out frustrated dreams, hidden secrets and lies.’
      • ‘It also implies a sense of tranquil arrival for two people tired of the dreams, the frustrated expectations, and the long search for a loving spouse.’
      • ‘Episodes focussed on English language classes taken by Mr Brown, and involved his frustrated attempts to teach a class of diverse foreign students.’
      • ‘His failure is further underscored by his frustrated attempt to write a book about his experiences in Spain.’
      • ‘I didn't want to rain on his parade, so I kept my mouth shut about my frustrated dream of becoming a marine biologist.’
      • ‘The survey results were presented on upright cards in a grid on the gallery floor, creating a schematic suburb of frustrated dreams.’
      • ‘After several frustrated attempts at demanding the right to practice my fatherhood, I gave up.’
      • ‘In his situation I imagined I would feel angry at lost years and frustrated dreams.’
      • ‘We share, you know, common failures and common success and common hopes and dreams and frustrated dreams, on occasion.’
    3. 1.3 (of a person or sexual desire) unfulfilled sexually.
      ‘jealousies and frustrated passions’
      • ‘You've gotten her so sexually frustrated that she was bound to do SOMETHING about it… or someone.’
      • ‘I had one frustrated sexual attraction with a guy on the football team who was also sexually confused.’
      • ‘Another of the negative elements of the image of Elizabeth had a longer legacy, and this is the suggestion that her unmarried state made her sexually frustrated and jealous of married women.’
      • ‘Other fake explanations have centred on a supposed frustrated desire for sexual gratification, which entry into paradise will apparently fulfil.’
      • ‘His philosophy is a peculiar and wholly subjective patchwork of frustrated sexual fantasies, zany misanthropy, and 1960s hippy-dippy iconoclasm.’
      • ‘He was thoroughly confused and sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘And I would rather not live with a sexually frustrated foot fetisher, you know?’
      • ‘But the downside will be societies with large numbers of sexually frustrated males and that could cause everything from internal unrest to wars.’
      • ‘It's already been two weeks since I last ejaculated, and I am really sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘She answered easily her hands reaching behind her to scratch her neck with the unconscious mind that if she kept up all her actions she'd make him frustrated in a sexual manner.’
      • ‘Sexually frustrated, trapped and tired: doesn't this describe a good bit of Modern Lovers?’
      • ‘I find that the guys in this city are pent-up and sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘Frannie is an English teacher - sexually frustrated and lonely.’
      • ‘He'd been sexually frustrated, and having to dance for horny middle-aged women wasn't helping.’
      • ‘She had grown frustrated and indulged in passion with the wrong people.’
      • ‘Of course there was more to the weekend than Guinness and sexually frustrated legal professionals, but not much more.’
      • ‘Desperately sexually frustrated and determined to get a man, any man, she has been continually turned down or ditched after a one-night stand.’
      • ‘No doubt her sexuality is often frustrated, as she seems to live alone, but frustration and repression are entirely different things.’
      • ‘He says this took place before we were married or even met, but since we have been together, he has not needed to do this unless he was extremely sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘Consider it a hip-hop equivalent of sexually frustrated, adolescent foreplay.’
      discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied, disappointed, disaffected, disquieted, unhappy
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