Definition of reproachful in US English:



  • Expressing disapproval or disappointment.

    ‘she gave him a reproachful look’
    • ‘My mother's face floated to mind, a pale reproachful moon, at her last and first visit to the asylum since my twentieth birthday.’
    • ‘While a reproachful raspberry goes to their Windows counterparts.’
    • ‘Vague, reproachful thoughts for all the remote and immediate luxury of his life passed through his mind.’
    • ‘It is on this point that the reproachful farmers differ with Ellis.’
    • ‘Silently I looked up at her with a reproachful glance, trying at least for a little pity and only succeeding in finding that the spark of respect had disappeared.’
    • ‘‘Yum,’ Kimberly grinned sarcastically, and was met with a reproachful look from Gabe.’
    • ‘The thin-lipped reproachful glance, the bohemian toss of the head, the casual business with the cigarette case - they are all in evidence.’
    • ‘But now, she grew reproachful and distant with Rhiannon, and Rhiannon knew quite well why.’
    • ‘Dema nodded his agreement and shot Alex a reproachful look as if she was breaking her promise.’
    • ‘But I knew all those words were somehow reproachful, and that Aunt Jane and Mum were probably talking about me.’
    • ‘For a moment she stood still, looking at him with reproachful fear in her wide blue eyes.’
    • ‘Jeremy was looking at Blade in a slightly reproachful manner.’
    • ‘His comments always held a reproachful tone, even when he tried to be dear.’
    • ‘Inger turned reproachful blue eyes on her husband.’
    • ‘At times the illustrations serve as reproachful comment on the inauthenticity of Longfellow's fanciful creation.’
    • ‘I asked Dad, and he turned and gave me a reproachful look.’
    • ‘Felldeten turned horrified eyes on her, reproachful, betrayed.’
    • ‘The other half quaked, disturbed by the glowering lines of his face, the reproachful glare of his obsidian eyes.’
    • ‘She looked at him with reproachful eyes and he looked at her with disgust and anger.’
    • ‘And when Uncle Sean met Melonie and Mike, he didn't seem the least reproachful that they were my friends.’
    disapproving, reproving, full of reproof, critical, censorious, disparaging, disappointed, withering, accusatory, admonitory, condemnatory, castigatory, fault-finding
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