[ pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa- ]
/ ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪ zɪŋ, ˈpæ- /


displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.

Origin of patronizing

First recorded in 1720–30; patronize + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM patronizing

Definition for patronizing (2 of 2)

[ pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐ ]
/ ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐ /

verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.

to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward: a professor who patronizes his students.
to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.
Also especially British, pa·tron·ise.

Origin of patronize

First recorded in 1580–90; patron + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM patronize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patronizing (1 of 2)



/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ) /


having a superior manner; condescending

Derived forms of patronizing

patronizingly or patronisingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for patronizing (2 of 2)



/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz) /


to behave or treat in a condescending way
(tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to

Derived forms of patronize

patronizer or patroniser, noun
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