Definition of derisory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈraɪsəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈraɪsəri//
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  1. 1too small or of too little value to be considered seriously synonym laughable They offered us a derisory £50 a week.
  2. 2= derisive
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘derisive’): from late Latin derisorius, from deris- ‘scoffed at’, from the verb deridere ‘scoff at’.
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