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noun, plural dis·ir [dee-sir] /ˈdi sɪr/. Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. lady; woman.
  2. female deity, especially one promoting fertility: often used as a suffix on names: Freydis; Hjordis; Thordis.
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Origin of dis1

< Old Norse dīs, plural dīsir; origin uncertain


verb (used with object), dissed, dis·sing.
  1. to show disrespect for; affront.
  2. to disparage; belittle.
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  1. insult or disparagement; criticism.
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Origin of dis2

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

  • In the palm they must be graven, and round the joints be clasped, and the Disir prayed for aid.

    The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson

    Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson

British Dictionary definitions for disir


  1. a variant spelling of diss
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  1. Also called: Orcus, Pluto the Roman god of the underworld
  2. the abode of the dead; underworld
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Greek equivalent: Hades
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Word Origin and History for disir



also diss, slang, by 1980, shortening of disrespect or dismiss, originally in U.S. Black English, popularized by hip hop. Related: Dissed; dissing. Earlier it was short for disconnected in the telephone sense and used figuratively in slang to mean "weak in the head" (1925).

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Roman underworld god, from Latin Dis, contracted from dives "rich," which is related to divus "divine, god," hence "favored by god." Cf. Pluto and Old Church Slavonic bogatu "rich," from bogu "god."

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