\ ˈdis How to pronounce dis (audio) \
variants: or less commonly diss
dissed; dissing

Definition of dis

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

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


noun (1)
variants: or less commonly diss

Definition of dis (Entry 2 of 5)

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

Definition of dis (Entry 3 of 5)

1 discharge
2 discount
3 distance


noun (2)
\ ˈdis How to pronounce Dis (audio) \

Definition of Dis (Entry 4 of 5)

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



Definition of dis- (Entry 5 of 5)

1a : 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
5 [by folk etymology] : dys- disfunction

Examples of dis in a Sentence

Verb don't you go dissing somebody just because you've got a few more dead presidents than they do a DJ who has dissed every album that rapper has put out Noun (1) that's a dis that a person of any color should find offensive in the hood any dis is dealt with harshly
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump doesn't dis his male opponents for their looks or emotions. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, 29 June 2017 Not to dis the Silver Palate—because who would ever do that—but I’m pretty sure my pork tenderloin version is even better than the original. Ashley Mason, Bon Appetit, 9 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At 45, Shaquille O'Neal has moved beyond rattling rims, but not beyond an old-school diss track. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, 29 July 2017 Thinking about this some more, this is kind of a dis. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of dis


1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1986, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dis


short for disrespect

Noun (2)



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- bi- entry 1, 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 to entry 1?); the Gothic counterpart dis- "apart, away," with apparently unshifted d-, has no accepted explanation.

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Kids Definition of dis-

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



Medical Definition of dis

1 disabled
2 disease

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