verb (used with or without object)

to neglect or refuse to obey.

Nearby words

  1. disney, walt,
  2. disneyfy,
  3. disneyland,
  4. disobedience,
  5. disobedient,
  6. disoblige,
  7. disodium,
  8. disodium phosphate,
  9. disomic,
  10. disoperation

Origin of disobey

1350–1400; Middle English disobeien < Old French desobeir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obeir to obey

Related formsdis·o·bey·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disobey



to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc)
Derived Formsdisobeyer, noun

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Word Origin and History for disobey



late 14c., from Old French desobeir (13c.) "disobey; refuse service or homage," from Vulgar Latin *disoboedire, reformed with dis- from Late Latin inobedire, a back-formation from inobediens "not obeying," from Latin in- "not" + present participle of obedire (see obey). Related: Disobeyed; disobeying.

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