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less common spelling of dis

transitive verb

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


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plural disses
: an insulting expression of disrespect or criticism
… a much loved and much hated album; earning some equally passionate critical raves and disses.Brett Milano
Even the ultimate pop-culture endorsement—a bunch of reality-TV shows like "Dig Wars" based on their hobby—are seen as a diss. "They make us look bad," Mr. Thompson said.Abigail Pesta
On March 25, in a major public diss to Windsor fund manager Charles Freeman, Vanguard announced that effective June 1, it will turn over some of Windsor's stock portfolio to another firm.Allan Sloan


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Examples of diss in a Sentence

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And then there’s the scores to settle with everyone Drake disses on those six songs. Drake Got Heated, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 Today’s great reads Don’t let anybody diss L.A.’s reading habits. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 After Dorinda, 58, seemingly mocks Kelly, 55, the ladies are hurling disses at each other left and right. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 His soundscape is what made Common one of my favorite guys, that and the fact that nobody wants to try to diss Common. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 16 Oct. 2023 This comes shortly after Drake allegedly attempted to diss the singer and her relationship on his latest album For All the Dogs. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 9 Oct. 2023 Clips of The Late Show (specifically Stephen Colbert dissing George Santos for not knowing his Reputation from his 1989) came across my TikTok FYP — a rare occurrence, especially for someone who watches late night for a living. Vulture, 20 Oct. 2023 For good reason, David has always felt dissed and left out. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023 The rappers quickly re-squashed the beef and performed together in Los Angeles, but, the following year, West dissed Drake once again. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 6 Oct. 2023
Ahead of her own talk show’s season premiere, Clarkson appeared on The Tonight Show Friday and opened up about the accidental diss to host Jimmy Fallon. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 14 Oct. 2023 The stunt was a clever diss to the band, which was trying to sue Fanning’s file-sharing platform Napster out of existence, but also a seminal moment in music history that symbolized the beginning of the end of the industry’s long-time business model that revolved around selling records and CDs. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 29 Sep. 2023 The night gets worse when Steven hears the awful diss album Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Milo made about him. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 18 Aug. 2023 The executive’s coastal elite diss convinced Sheridan that HBO didn’t appreciate his story. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2023 The song has already caught the attention of fans online, for what many believe to be another diss directed toward Pusha-T, and seemingly by association, Pharrell Williams. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 28 July 2023 The tour marks Drake’s first string of shows since his tour with Migos in 2018, which might explain a particularly curious diss baked within his set. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 6 July 2023 Kendall Jenner caught a stray diss during the 2023 ESPY Awards Wednesday night. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 The song, Gambino’s only Number One record, which garnered him the Song of the Year Grammy in 2019, was apparently supposed to be a Drake diss. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diss was in 1987

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“Diss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diss. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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