Definition of ungrateful in US English:



  • 1Not feeling or showing gratitude.

    ‘she's so ungrateful for everything we do’
    • ‘I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but my downstairs neighbor has been shoveling snow in front of our house for the past two and a half hours.’
    • ‘I reckoned that after the recent spot of bother with his ungrateful workforce, he might appreciate someone of my stature gracing the fairways.’
    • ‘To suggest that we, rather like some ungrateful children, don't want the new leisure centre in South Norwood is to deliberately mislead and distort our argument.’
    • ‘Not only did this make him appear ungrateful, it also made him appear like a 4th grader who can't follow directions.’
    • ‘But during the good times man generally is ungrateful to God.’
    • ‘These selfish ungrateful wretches not only had the audacity to return Howard but compounded their sin by giving him a seemingly compliant Senate.’
    • ‘And one of them is how fundamentally ungrateful we can be.’
    • ‘He also accused the government of being ungrateful.’
    • ‘This isn't just about the above low-life, ungrateful repugnant creatures who participated in this display of idiocy.’
    • ‘Though he may be humble, he's certainly not ungrateful.’
    • ‘How could I be so ungrateful when everything they had done had been in my own best interests?’
    • ‘The hostility may seem both inaccurate and ungrateful.’
    • ‘The story centers around a single mother's struggles and sacrifices to raise an ungrateful daughter who is ashamed of her mother's humble status.’
    • ‘I kept everything; it struck me as ungrateful to sell them at the time.’
    • ‘The precious little darlings soon become ungrateful little brats when they discover that Santa was on a budget and couldn't afford the most expensive toy in the universe.’
    • ‘It really is outrageous - people are so ungrateful!’
    • ‘Children are ungrateful, exposed to bad influences, stubborn and not in touch with Asian values.’
    • ‘You know, it may sound ungrateful, but I think it came too late.’
    • ‘I still don't think I have done anything outstanding yet, although I know that may sound bad or ungrateful because of the junior titles I have taken.’
    • ‘Chaplin had not taken US citizenship and was seen in America as ungrateful for the prosperity that his successful career in the US had bestowed upon him.’
    unappreciative, unthankful, thankless, ungracious
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    1. 1.1 Not pleasant or acceptable.
      ‘he turned to the ungrateful task of forming a police cordon’