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'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.’
    • ‘Cassie is also frustrated by the lack of treatments available to her.’
    • ‘I looked at it as frustrated people taking out their frustrations on whatever got in their way.’
    • ‘Many people are understandably frustrated that we have yet to convert this warmonger's biggest crisis into his downfall.’
    • ‘I have always felt frustrated by this fact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And people are displaced, they're scared, they're frustrated, they have lost loved ones.’
    • ‘He and others were frustrated by the inability to move the US government toward that objective.’
    • ‘I do not know whether there is a process whereby that very frustrated person can bring his case.’
    • ‘An untrained dog is as unhappy as the frustrated owner.’
    • ‘Louisiana citizens are rightly frustrated and concerned so I want our people to know that I am creating the Family Recovery Corps.’
    • ‘He said that Ian's family was frustrated by the delay in reaching a decision.’
    • ‘They are driving a frustrated people to desperation.’
    • ‘I was faced with frustrated people who watched their favorite notions and practitioners of spiritualism go down in flames.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Working-class people are frustrated because they can't make as much money as they want.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You're frustrated by his repeated failure to accurately use and understand the existing definitions of words.’
    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’
      • ‘Is it possible that he is a frustrated actor who consequently feels the need to criticise anyone with manifest abilities in this field?’
      • ‘The list of actors moonlighting as frustrated musicians is not a short one.’
      • ‘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 admitted years later that the frustrated actor had convincingly pitched himself.’
      • ‘Have I successfully painted my self-indulgent portrait of a frustrated artist yet?’
      • ‘And he kind of got out here and he looked around, and he was a little bit of a frustrated 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.’
      • ‘Let's face it, most lawyers are frustrated actors, so it's not surprising that Law Week is packed full of performance opportunities.’
      • ‘Most lawyers are frustrated writers, actors, comedians or performers of some bent or another.’
      • ‘Many of the BAFTA members are frustrated writers, performers or directors and they are similarly unable to contain their bitterness.’
      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’
      • ‘The survey results were presented on upright cards in a grid on the gallery floor, creating a schematic suburb of frustrated dreams.’
      • ‘Episodes focussed on English language classes taken by Mr Brown, and involved his frustrated attempts to teach a class of diverse foreign students.’
      • ‘In his situation I imagined I would feel angry at lost years and frustrated dreams.’
      • ‘I didn't want to rain on his parade, so I kept my mouth shut about my frustrated dream of becoming a marine biologist.’
      • ‘Beyond the locked door, in another time-frame, his family live out frustrated dreams, hidden secrets and lies.’
      • ‘His failure is further underscored by his frustrated attempt to write a book about his experiences in Spain.’
      • ‘We share, you know, common failures and common success and common hopes and dreams and frustrated dreams, on occasion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After several frustrated attempts at demanding the right to practice my fatherhood, I gave up.’
    3. 1.3 (of a person or sexual desire) unfulfilled sexually.
      ‘jealousies and frustrated passions’
      • ‘It's already been two weeks since I last ejaculated, and I am really sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘But the downside will be societies with large numbers of sexually frustrated males and that could cause everything from internal unrest to wars.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No doubt her sexuality is often frustrated, as she seems to live alone, but frustration and repression are entirely different things.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other fake explanations have centred on a supposed frustrated desire for sexual gratification, which entry into paradise will apparently fulfil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He'd been sexually frustrated, and having to dance for horny middle-aged women wasn't helping.’
      • ‘I had one frustrated sexual attraction with a guy on the football team who was also sexually confused.’
      • ‘He was thoroughly confused and sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘You've gotten her so sexually frustrated that she was bound to do SOMETHING about it… or someone.’
      • ‘Consider it a hip-hop equivalent of sexually frustrated, adolescent foreplay.’
      • ‘She had grown frustrated and indulged in passion with the wrong people.’
      • ‘Frannie is an English teacher - sexually frustrated and lonely.’
      • ‘His philosophy is a peculiar and wholly subjective patchwork of frustrated sexual fantasies, zany misanthropy, and 1960s hippy-dippy iconoclasm.’
      • ‘I find that the guys in this city are pent-up and 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.’
      • ‘And I would rather not live with a sexually frustrated foot fetisher, you know?’
      • ‘Sexually frustrated, trapped and tired: doesn't this describe a good bit of Modern Lovers?’
      discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied, disappointed, disaffected, disquieted, unhappy
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