patronizing

[pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa-]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. patron saint,
  2. patronage,
  3. patroness,
  4. patronise,
  5. patronize,
  6. patronizingly,
  7. patronly,
  8. patronne,
  9. patronym,
  10. patronymic

Origin of patronizing

First recorded in 1720–30; patronize + -ing2

Related forms

patronize

[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐]

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

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for patronizing

patronizing

patronising

adjective

having a superior manner; condescending
Derived Formspatronizingly or patronisingly, adverb

patronize

patronise

verb

to behave or treat in a condescending way
(tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
Derived Formspatronizer or patroniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for patronizing
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