Definition of disdainful in US English:

disdainful

adjective

  • Showing contempt or lack of respect.

    ‘with a last disdainful look, she turned toward the door’
    • ‘They often display snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.’
    • ‘His face was cold and disdainful, and his back was straight with haughty pride.’
    • ‘It was always difficult, despite the president's disdainful silence on the subject, to imagine that all this was going on without his knowledge.’
    • ‘No one was openly hostile, but a few exhibited a rather disdainful sneer as they walked by.’
    • ‘It's all in that gaze, simultaneously serene and disdainful.’
    • ‘Though her words were perfectly respectful, there was a disdainful tone to her voice.’
    • ‘Her disdainful tone dismissed the idea of anyone desirable sending love letters.’
    • ‘Very few movies seem as disdainful of their audience to quite the degree of this one.’
    • ‘The woman strode past him with a disdainful sneer and entering the temple, glanced about.’
    • ‘It would be arrogant and disdainful of you to assume that glorious mantle by yourself.’
    • ‘Some faculty members seem to express a condescending, at times almost disdainful, attitude.’
    • ‘Many qualitative researchers are disdainful of approaches to research that entail the imposition of predetermined formats on the social world.’
    • ‘Several well-dressed older women shot them disdainful looks before looking away, noses upturned.’
    • ‘Several of the priests in the procession looked over the crowd with disdainful, superior expressions.’
    • ‘The railway people were disdainful of their customers.’
    • ‘There prevails at present, an attitude that is all at once, mutually suspicious, disdainful and hostile.’
    • ‘She looked haughty and stuck-up, her face disdainful as she looked down at me.’
    • ‘He held his head stiffly with his nose angled upward and his lips pursed with a superior, disdainful expression.’
    • ‘I'm not arguing that employers should be disdainful of their workers' happiness.’
    • ‘The simple words oozed with disdainful contempt that seemed to pass unnoticed.’
    contemptuous, scornful, full of contempt, derisive, sneering, withering, slighting, disparaging, disrespectful, condescending, patronizing, supercilious, haughty, superior, arrogant, proud, snobbish, lordly, aloof, indifferent, dismissive
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Pronunciation

disdainful

/dɪsˈdeɪnfəl//disˈdānfəl/