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noun, plural dis·ir [dee-sir]. /ˈdi sɪr/. Scandinavian Mythology.
lady; woman.
female deity, especially one promoting fertility: often used as a suffix on names: Freydis; Hjordis; Thordis.
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Origin of dis

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<Old Norse dīs, plural dīsir; origin uncertain

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[ dis ]
/ dɪs /
Slang.

verb (used with object), dissed, dis·sing.
to show disrespect for; affront.
to disparage; belittle.
noun
insult or disparagement; criticism.

Origin of dis

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1980–85, Americanism; from dis-1 extracted from such words as disrespect and disparage

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Dis
[ dis ]
/ dɪs /

noun Classical Mythology.
a god of the underworld.
Also called Dis Pater.
Compare Pluto.

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DIS

abbreviation Trademark.
the Disney Channel: a cable television channel.

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dis-1

a Latin prefix meaning “apart,” “asunder,” “away,” “utterly,” or having a privative, negative, or reversing force (see de-, un-2); used freely, especially with these latter senses, as an English formative: disability; disaffirm; disbar; disbelief; discontent; dishearten; dislike; disown.
Also di-.

Origin of dis-

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<Latin (akin to bis,Greek dís twice); before f, dif-; before some consonants, di-; often replacing obsolete des-<Old French

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dis-2

variant of di-1 before s:dissyllable.

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dis.

abbreviation
distance.
distant.
distribute.
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What does dis mean?

Dis means to disrespect, belittle, or disparage something or someone, usually publicly, as in Zuhair dissed Jamal by telling him his hair looked awful.

Dissing someone isn’t a nice thing to do. It means you’re showing them disrespect by insulting them. A dis can be something hurtful you say or something hurtful you do, like crossing the street when you bump into a former friend.

Example: You’re always dissing that guy, but he isn’t that bad.

Where does dis come from?

The first records of the term dis come from the 1980s. It is an Americanism that comes from the term disrespect or disparage. It is especially common in Black culture and was popularized by hip-hop music.

Dis is usually used to mean “to disrespect a rival or competitor,” though you don’t have to be competing with someone to dis them. When you dis someone, you treat them with contempt. Dissing is frequently done in pop music and dramas, especially on the shows that focus on celebrity gossip. No one likes to be dissed, so it’s best to consider your words and actions first.

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How is dis used in real life?

Dis is used most often in casual conversation and pop culture.

 

 

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British Dictionary definitions for dis (1 of 4)

dis
/ (dɪs) /

verb
a variant spelling of diss

British Dictionary definitions for dis (2 of 4)

Dis
/ (dɪs) /

noun
Also called: Orcus, Pluto the Roman god of the underworld
the abode of the dead; underworld
Greek equivalent: Hades

British Dictionary definitions for dis (3 of 4)

dis-1

prefix
indicating reversaldisconnect; disembark
indicating negation, lack, or deprivationdissimilar; distrust; disgrace
indicating removal or releasedisembowel; disburden
expressing intensive forcedissever

Word Origin for dis-

from Latin dis- apart; in some cases, via Old French des-. In compound words of Latin origin, dis- becomes dif- before f and di- before some consonants

British Dictionary definitions for dis (4 of 4)

dis-2

combining form
variant of di- 1 dissyllable
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