Definition of scornful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːnfʊl/


Feeling or expressing contempt or derision: the opposition were scornful of the Prime Minister’s proposal scornful laughter
More example sentences
  • She swallowed, trying to control her fury as Matt's scornful laughter reached her ears once again.
  • Before he could reach it, they opened and a large gang of girls trooped out, howling with scornful laughter.
  • She gave him a slightly scornful glance, and he racked his brains to see if he could find the reason for the non sequitur.
contemptuous, full of contempt, derisive, derisory, withering, mocking, scoffing, sneering, jeering, scathing, snide, disparaging, slighting, supercilious, disdainful, superior, dismissive
informal sniffy, snotty
archaic contumelious



Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːnfʊli/ /ˈskɔːnf(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • I gave a derisive snort and laughed scornfully.
  • In other writings, he is scornfully dismissive of the idea that there is such a thing as ‘the truth.’
  • ‘I know that,’ I said scornfully, my impatience vibrating off the bannisters.
contemptuously, with contempt, derisively, witheringly, mockingly, with a sneer, scathingly, snidely, disparagingly, superciliously, disdainfully, dismissively
informal sniffily, snottily


Pronunciation: /ˈskɔːnfʊlnəs/ /ˈskɔːnf(ə)lnəs/

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