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


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
Related formspa·tron·iz·ing·ly, adverbnon·pa·tron·iz·ing, adjectivequa·si-pa·tron·iz·ing, adjectivequa·si-pa·tron·iz·ing·ly, adverbun·pa·tron·iz·ing, adjectiveun·pa·tron·iz·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for patronizingly

Contemporary Examples of patronizingly

  • Secondly, he assumed, patronizingly, that what really bothers conservatives about government is its inefficiency.

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    January 21, 2013

Historical Examples of patronizingly

  • "He'll come this evening, I'm sure," said Sukey, patronizingly.

  • This, then, was the labor to which he had so patronizingly offered his puny hands.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • "That's your great-grandfather, dearie, that I've told you about," she said patronizingly.


    Clara Louise Burnham

  • "Let me look at your embroidery, Cecilia," said the lady, patronizingly.

    The Madigans

    Miriam Michelson

  • He turned to the man and put a hand on his shoulder, patronizingly.

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    Ruel Perley Smith

British Dictionary definitions for patronizingly




having a superior manner; condescending
Derived Formspatronizingly or patronisingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patronizingly



1727, past participle adjective from patronize. Related: Patronizingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper