[ 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.

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


[ 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

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for patronizing



/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ) /


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



/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz) /


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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