derisory

adjective de·ri·so·ry \ di-ˈrī-sə-rē , -zə- \

Definition of derisory

1 : expressing derision : derisive
2 : worthy of derision; especially : laughably small
  • land could be bought for a derisory sum

Examples of derisory in a Sentence

  1. a literary snob, she invariably used the derisory term “the boob tube” when referring to television

  2. the pawnbroker offered what I regarded as a derisory amount for the diamond ring

First Known Use of derisory

1618


DERISORY Defined for English Language Learners

derisory

adjective

Definition of derisory for English Language Learners

  • : of too little value to be considered seriously : ridiculously small

  • : expressing a belief that something or someone is ridiculous or without value : expressing derision


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