[ skawrn-fuh l ]
/ ˈskɔrn fəl /


full of scorn; derisive; contemptuous: He smiled in a scornful way.

Nearby words

  1. scorify,
  2. scoring,
  3. scoring position, in,
  4. scorn,
  5. scorner,
  6. scornfully,
  7. scorpaenid,
  8. scorpaenoid,
  9. scorper,
  10. scorpio

Origin of scornful

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at scorn, -ful

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

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Word Origin and History for scornful



mid-14c.; see scorn (n.) + -ful. Scorny was 19c. U.S. colloquial. Related: Scornfully; scornfulness.

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