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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for disagreeable in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From Old French desagraable (compare French désagréable). Surface etymology is dis- +‎ agreeable.


  • (UK) IPA(key): [dɪsəˈɡɹi.əbəɫ]
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disagreeable (comparative more disagreeable, superlative most disagreeable)

  1. Not agreeable, conformable, or congruous; contrary; unsuitable.
    • (Can we date this quote by Nicholas Udall and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Preach you truly the doctrine which you have received, and teach nothing that is disagreeable thereunto.
  2. Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
    • 1722, William Wollaston, The Religion of Nature Delineated:
      That which is disagreeable to one is many times agreeable to another, or disagreeable in a less degree.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nouns to which "disagreeable" is often applied: odor, smell, taste, sensation, thing, person, man, woman, duty, work, feeling, manner, experience, effect, feature, business, surprise, job.




disagreeable (plural disagreeables)

  1. Something displeasing; anything that is disagreeable.
    • 1855, Blackwood's magazine (volume 77, page 331)
      The disagreeables of travelling are necessary evils, to be encountered for the sake of the agreeables of resting and looking round you.