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dis

verb \ ˈdis \
variants: or less commonly
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of dis

dissed; dissing
1 slang : to treat with disrespect or contempt : insult
  • dissed her former co-star in the interview
  • was dissed and ignored at the party
2 slang : to find fault with : criticize
  • dissed her wardrobe

Examples of dis in a Sentence

  1. don't you go dissing somebody just because you've got a few more dead presidents than they do

  2. a DJ who has dissed every album that rapper has put out

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Origin and Etymology of dis

short for disrespect

First Known Use: 1980

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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dis

noun
variants: or less commonly diss

Definition of dis

1 slang : a disparaging remark or act : insult
  • was meant as a tribute, not a dis
  • Vibe
2 slang : disrespect

Examples of dis in a Sentence

  1. that's a dis that a person of any color should find offensive

  2. in the hood any dis is dealt with harshly

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dis

abbreviation

Definition of dis

1 discharge
2 discount
3 distance

Dis

noun \ ˈdis \

Definition of Dis

mythology
: the Roman god of the underworld (see underworld 1) — compare pluto

Origin and Etymology of dis

Latin

First Known Use: 1567

in the meaning defined above

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


dis-

prefix

Definition of dis-

1 a : do the opposite of
  • disestablish
b : deprive of (a specified quality, rank, or object)
  • disfranchise
c : exclude or expel from
  • disbar
2 : opposite or absence of
  • disunion
  • disaffection
3 : not
  • disagreeable
4 : completely
  • disannul
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[by folk etymology]
: dys-
  • disfunction

Origin and Etymology of dis-

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French des-, borrowed from Latin dis-, dī- (before b, d, g, l, m, n, v, r), dir- (before vowels), dif- (before f) "apart, asunder, in two," of uncertain origin
Note: Latin dis- is conventionally linked with bi- 1bi-, bis "twice," going back to *duis, but the loss of -u- is unexplained (perhaps from Indo-European *dus- "bad, dys-," otherwise unattested in Latin, crossed with duis-?). Possibly related are Greek diá "apart, through" (see dia-), assuming *dis-a-, and the West Germanic prefix represented by Old Saxon and Old Frisian te- "apart, in pieces," Old High German zi-, ze- (also zer-, perhaps crossed with zur-, Old English and Old Norse tor- "with difficulty," Gothic tuz-, from the Germanic outcome of Indo-European *dus-) and Old English and Old Saxon to- (assimilated to 1to?); the Gothic counterpart dis- "apart, away," with apparently unshifted d-, has no accepted explanation.


DIS Defined for English Language Learners

dis

Definition of dis for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone) with disrespect : to be rude to (someone)

  • : to criticize (something) in a way that shows disrespect


dis-

Definition of dis- for English Language Learners

  • : to do the opposite of

  • : opposite or absence of

  • : not


DIS Defined for Kids

dis-

prefix

Definition of dis- for Students

1 : do the opposite of
  • disassemble
2 : deprive of
  • disarm
3 : opposite or absence of
  • disapproval
4 : not
  • disagreeable

Medical Dictionary

dis

abbreviation

medical Definition of dis

1 disabled
2 disease

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