- The definition of an ingrate is a person who is ungrateful.
A friend who stays at your house for a month and then leaves without so much as a "thank you," is an example of an ingrate.
Origin of ingrateMiddle English ingrat ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin ingratus, unpleasant, ungrateful ; from in-, not + gratus, grateful: see grace
Origin of ingrateFrom Middle English ingrat, ungrateful, from Old French, from Latin ingrātus : in-, not; see in–1 + grātus, pleasing, thankful; see gwer&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more ingrate, superlative most ingrate)
- An ungrateful person.
- 1843, But Mr Pecksniff, dismissing all ephemeral considerations of social pleasure and enjoyment, concentrated his meditations on the one great virtuous purpose before him, of casting out that ingrate and deceiver, whose presence yet troubled his domestic hearth, and was a sacrilege upon the altars of his household gods. — Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit
- 1860–61: "Speak the truth, you ingrate!" cried Miss Havisham — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
- 1893, Out of my sight, ingrate! — W.S.Gilbert, Utopia Limited