patronizing

[ pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa- ]
/ ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪ zɪŋ, ˈpæ- /
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for patronizingly

patronizing

patronising

/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for patronizingly

patronizing

adj.

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

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