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[skawrn-fuh l] /ˈskɔrn fəl/
full of scorn; derisive; contemptuous:
He smiled in a scornful way.
Origin of scornful
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at scorn, -ful
Related forms
scornfully, adverb
scornfulness, noun
unscornful, adjective
unscornfully, adverb
unscornfulness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I didn't care to have anything to do with it," returned Halbert, scornfully.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It was in vain to try to do so scornfully, or with his usual insolence.

  • "That shows how much you know," said Pee-wee scornfully as he brushed off his clothing.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • But this,” he added, scornfully, “is something you can not understand.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • “They were all scared out of their senses,” Ruth said scornfully.

    The Cat of Bubastes G. A. Henty
  • She faced him scornfully, seemingly to understand it as a boast.

  • “You said the best place to hide from a posse was in the middle of it,” he said scornfully.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • "Don't hurt yourself studying," sneered Dawkins, scornfully.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • How scornfully has she, by one act, replied to all our misconstruction of her!

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • "I understand your compassion well," said Cashel, scornfully.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for scornfully



mid-14c.; see scorn (n.) + -ful. Scorny was 19c. U.S. colloquial. Related: Scornfully; scornfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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