characterized by, having, or showing disrespect; lacking courtesy or esteem: a disrespectful remark about teachers.

Origin of disrespectful

First recorded in 1670–80; dis-1 + respectful
Related formsdis·re·spect·ful·ly, adverbdis·re·spect·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for disrespectful

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Examples from the Web for disrespectfully

Historical Examples of disrespectfully

  • "I should think Wang would like her, to put her in his Joss house," he said disrespectfully.

    In Blue Creek Caon

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • No, he was alone with you, and thought it safe to be disrespectfully familiar.

    The Guardian Angel

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • “Because they might get her unjustly and disrespectfully talked about,” said she, evasively.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • My mother was then disrespectfully helped in and we were sent adrift.

    The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives

    Elizabeth Strong Worthington

  • Aren't you ashamed to speak so disrespectfully of Mr. Carmody?

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

Word Origin and History for disrespectfully



1670s; see dis- + respectful. Related: Disrespectfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper