Definition of scornful in US English:

scornful

adjective

  • Feeling or expressing contempt or derision.

    ‘scornful laughter’
    ‘the justices have been scornful of the government's conduct’
    • ‘She swallowed, trying to control her fury as Matt's scornful laughter reached her ears once again.’
    • ‘Both had a gypsy-like disregard of convention; both were brazenly scornful of public opinion.’
    • ‘It was handed over in a brown paper bag, but not before the newsagent had asked me loudly in scornful tones if I had already bought this edition.’
    • ‘Extravagant in his praise of the fans and players and scornful of the Football Association and the hooligans, he wears his Three Lions with pride.’
    • ‘She gave him a slightly scornful glance, and he racked his brains to see if he could find the reason for the non sequitur.’
    • ‘When I was still studying I was pretty scornful of mainstream movies.’
    • ‘Small things amuse small minds, she says, scornful of the rude slapstick humor they practice.’
    • ‘Before he could reach it, they opened and a large gang of girls trooped out, howling with scornful laughter.’
    • ‘The blogger's reaction to this is scornful, I think he wants it to be seen as ironic outrage, but scorn is what its written all over his post.’
    • ‘I was wearing gumboots and a singlet, and thought I would draw scornful gazes towards such disheveled attire.’
    • ‘It was at the time an unfashionable view, and medical colleagues were scornful.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, management are scornful of such talk and refused to even grace such allegations with a comment.’
    • ‘In fact, the only laughter he had heard from her was either scornful or sarcastic, and was usually directed at him.’
    • ‘He gave my upraised cup a scornful look, snorted, and left to talk to someone else.’
    • ‘United by outlook as well as professional background, the comics rarely disagree about the targets of their scornful onslaughts.’
    • ‘His criticisms and scornful attitude angered a lot of viewers.’
    • ‘She sounded scornful when she said this, and William was offended, for he loved his older brother dearly.’
    • ‘Kant was critical of every other view, scornful, mocking, or at least he aimed to be.’
    • ‘He came back impressed by the company's scale but scornful of the inefficiencies.’
    • ‘But I just feel myself withdrawing and getting a bit scornful of others who are managing to cut loose.’
    contemptuous, full of contempt, derisive, derisory, withering, mocking, scoffing, sneering, jeering, scathing, snide, disparaging, slighting, supercilious, disdainful, superior, dismissive
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Pronunciation

scornful

/ˈskôrnfəl//ˈskɔrnfəl/