- characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking: derisive heckling.
- subject to or worthy of derision, esp because of being ridiculously small or inadequate
- another word for derisive
- showing or characterized by derision; mocking; scornful
1610s, from Latin derisorius, from derisor “derider,” agent noun from deridere (see deride).
1620s, “characterized by derision,” from Latin deris-, past participle stem of deridere (see derision) + -ive. Meaning “ridiculous” is from 1896. Related: Derisively.