[dih-rahy-siv, -ris-iv]


characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.

Also de·ri·so·ry [dih-rahy-suh-ree, -zuh-] /dɪˈraɪ sə ri, -zə-/.

Origin of derisive

First recorded in 1655–65; deris(ion) + -ive
Related formsde·ri·sive·ly, adverbde·ri·sive·ness, nounnon·de·ri·sive, adjectiveo·ver·de·ri·sive, adjectiveo·ver·de·ri·sive·ly, adverbo·ver·de·ri·sive·ness, nounun·de·ri·sive, adjectiveun·de·ri·sive·ly, adverbun·de·ri·sive·ness, nounun·de·ri·so·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for derisively

Contemporary Examples of derisively

Historical Examples of derisively

  • "Your hero seems none so heroic after all," he said derisively to the Governor.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Surely she could not be the lady of whom Sally Pendleton spoke so derisively?

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • As the two seized and started to bind Carmena, Slade grinned at her, derisively.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • "You know you're as good as licked, before we begin," replied the other, derisively.

  • "Phyllis had a little lamb, little lamb," sang Madge derisively.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers

British Dictionary definitions for derisively



showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
Derived Formsderisively, adverbderisiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for derisively



1620s, "characterized by derision," from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning "ridiculous" is from 1896. Related: Derisively.

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