Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: expressing derision : derisive
: worthy of derision
: laughably small
land could be bought for a derisory sum
Keep scrolling for more
belittling, contemptuous, decrying, degrading, demeaning, denigrative, denigratory, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derogative, derogatory, detractive, disdainful, disparaging, pejorative, scornful, slighting, uncomplimentary
commendatory, complimentary, laudative, laudatory
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'derisory.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Resources for derisory
Time Traveler for derisory
See more words from the same year
More Definitions for derisory
: of too little value to be considered seriously : ridiculously small
: expressing a belief that something or someone is ridiculous or without value : expressing derision
See the full definition for derisory in the English Language Learners Dictionary
More from Merriam-Webster on derisory
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for derisory
Spanish Central: Translation of derisory
Comments on derisory
What made you want to look up derisory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
living or existing for a long time
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Stuck in the middle with usage
Focusing in on what we do best
What if your nickname became a dictionary entry?
Redundant but also not redundant
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
More word puzzles to rack your brain
A game of winding words.