What's the word for someone who is ungrateful/ not appreciative of the things he has but wants more lavish things? For example, instead of appreciating the little things he has in his life, someone might go on and on, complaining about things like how the scratch on his brand new shoe ruined his day or who wants a new car while complaining about his old one.

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    Sounds like entitled or the old fashioned 'spoiled brat.' Jun 25, 2017 at 17:12
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  • "One percenter"
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If you don't appreciate what you have you are simply ungrateful.

I think ungrateful is the best word for this state of mind.

Ingrate, though old-fashioned, is also a good possibility.

Ingrate [in-greyt] /noun

  1. an ungrateful person.

Source: Dictionary.com

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    UV - Ingrate. The key here is that it is a noun, so it directly applies to "a word for someone...".
    – PV22
    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:57

In this scenario, I would use the word/adjective "discontented." A discontented person is an individual who is never satisfied in this life and miserably fails to appreciate things around him. His insatiable appetite for “more,” blindfolds him to his current belongings - tangible and intangible. A discontented person is also a “whiner” as he continues expressing his displeasure in the form of petty complaints, despite having all the life essentials.

Discontent (noun); Discontented (adjective).

OED definition:

Dissatisfaction with one's circumstances; lack of contentment.

Source: OED

  • The definition you quote (and my sense of the word) does not imply that the discontentment is unreasonable (i.e. "an individual who is never satisfied"). Some discontented people might be greedy ingrates, but some might just have had a bad deal and their sense of discontentment may be justified.
    – TripeHound
    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:45

Though I think that "ingrate" is probably the best term for the person, to help describe the behavior you may want to consider "obnoxious".

Obnoxious [uh b-nok-shuh s] /adjective

  1. highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior.

  2. annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself.

Source: Dictionary.com


Whiner is perhaps one of the words that could be used to describe the attributes mentioned in the question. It is a noun form of whine, which means:

  1. to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way:

He is always whining about his problems.

Source: Dictionary.com

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