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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. 2017.
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  • “If you cannot speak plain English, pray hold your tongue,” cried Leo scornfully.

    The Man with a Shadow George Manville Fenn
  • "Some one will lend you a sword if you have the courage to hold it," he said, scornfully.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Josh cut in, scornfully pointing his thumb at the instrument, which some call life-preserver. '

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • “No, thank you,” said Wilton, scornfully mimicking his tone.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • scornfully Fricka unfolded that to me, piercing my soul to its uttermost.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • "A girl called Paulette Brown doesn't have any people," scornfully.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • She looked at him scornfully, and answered: "I don't know what you are talking about!"

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • "She knows there is no sensation in matter," she said scornfully.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • "Germany must throw off all her princes like ripe ulcers," exclaimed Bonnier, scornfully.

  • She reached the animal, mounted, and then turned and looked at Duncan scornfully.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
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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