harmful or injurious service; an ill turn.

verb (used with object), dis·serv·iced, dis·serv·ic·ing.

to provide inadequate or faulty service to: Small shippers are most often disserviced by transportation breakdowns.

Nearby words

  1. dissepiment,
  2. dissert,
  3. dissertate,
  4. dissertation,
  5. disserve,
  6. dissever,
  7. dissidence,
  8. dissident,
  9. dissidently,
  10. dissidents

Origin of disservice

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + service1

Related formsself-dis·serv·ice, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disservice



an ill turn; wrong; injury, esp when trying to help
Derived Formsdisserviceable, adjective

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Word Origin and History for disservice



1590s; see dis- + service. Perhaps formed on analogy of French desservice (16c.).

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