intransitive verb-·pleased′, -·pleas′ing
Origin of displeaseMiddle English displesen from Old French desplaisir from Vulgar Latin an unverified form displacere, for Classical Latin displicere from dis-, not + placere: see please
verbdis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing, dis·pleas·es
Origin of displeaseMiddle English displesen from Old French desplaire desplais- from Vulgar Latin displacēre from Latin displicēre Latin dis- dis- Latin placēre to please ; see please .
(third-person singular simple present displeases, present participle displeasing, simple past and past participle displeased)
- To make not pleased; to excite a feeling of disapprobation or dislike in; to be disagreeable to; to offend; to vex; -- often followed by with or at. It usually expresses less than to anger, vex, irritate, or provoke.
- The boy's rudeness displeased me.
- To fail to satisfy; to miss of.
- To give displeasure or offense.
Middle English displesen, from Anglo-Norman despleisir, despler, from Old French desplere, from des- + plere.