Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “distressing”

distressing

adjective     /dɪˈstres.ɪŋ/ (US usually distressful)
B2 upsetting or worrying: The television reports about the famine were particularly distressing. It was deeply distressing for him to see his wife in such pain.Saddening, shocking and upsetting distressingly     /-li/ adverb Saddening, shocking and upsetting
(Definition of distressing adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of distressing

More definitions for “distressing”

Translations of “distressing”

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More