verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing.
Origin of despise
Examples from the Web for despisable
Hech, but it be a despisable thing to rin open mouth to the—I'll no mention whae—for their greed o' meat.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Hogg
A peddler without goods and without money is sure to be despisable.
Anything but resentment there would have been unnatural, not to say inhuman and despisable, in a daughter.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
“And then you will be despisable,” said the housekeeper bitterly.
They have a great fishing trade here, as well for supply of the country as for merchandise, and the towns are not despisable.From London to Land's End|Daniel Defoe
Word Origin for despise
c.1300, from Old French despis-, present participle stem of despire "to despise," from Latin despicere "look down on, scorn," from de- "down" (see de-) + spicere/specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Related: Despised; despising.