- a disparaging, belittling, or snubbing remark.
- a remark or act intended to humiliate or embarrass someone.
Origin of put-down
Words nearby put-down
How to use put-down in a sentence
To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.
That article noted that the F-35 does not currently have the ability to down-link live video to ground troops,.
A grand juror in the Ferguson case is suing to be able to explain exactly what went down in the courtroom.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Kennedy: "Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind."
He was voluble in his declarations that they would “put the screws” to Ollie on the charge of perjury.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Then there was Wee Wo,—he was a little Chinese chap, and we used to send him down the chimneys to open front doors for us.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
The bride elect rushes up to him, and so they both step down to the foot-lights.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
This is the place where the Muscovite criminals are banished to, if they are not put to death.
British Dictionary definitions for put-down
Other Idioms and Phrases with put-down
Write down; also, enter in a list. For example, Please put down my name for a free ticket, or Put me down as a subscriber. [Second half of 1500s]
Bring to an end, repress, as in They managed to put down the rebellion in a single day, or We've got to put down these rumors about a takeover. [c. 1300]
Kill a sick animal, as in The vet said the dog must be put down. [Mid-1500s] Also see put away, def. 5.
Belittle, disparage, criticize, as in Her husband was always putting her down. [c. 1400] Also see run down, def. 6.
Ascribe, attribute, as in We put her poor performance down to stage fright. [Late 1700s]
Regard, classify, as in We put her down as a hypochondriac. [Mid-1800s]
Pay a deposit, as in We put down $2,000 for the car.
Store for future use, as in David put down ten cases of this year's Chablis. [Mid-1800s]
Land in an aircraft; also, land an aircraft, as in What time will we put down at Heathrow? or She put the plane down exactly on the runway. [c. 1930]
Put a child to bed, as in The sitter said she'd put Brian down at 8:30. [Second half of 1900s]