put-down

When he called you a know-it-all, he meant it as a put-down.


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  • put down — [v1] write into record enter, inscribe, jot down, log, record, set down, take down, transcribe, write down; concept 79 Ant. erase, extract put down [v2] subdue annihilate, crush, defeat, dismiss, extinguish, quash*, quell, reject, repress,… …   New thesaurus

  • put-down — put downs also put down N COUNT A put down is something that you say or do to criticize someone or make them appear foolish. [INFORMAL] I see the term as a put down of women... She was getting very sick of Mick s put downs …   English dictionary

  • put-down — put′ down or put′down n. 1) a landing of an aircraft 2) inf a disparaging or snubbing remark • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • put down — index cast (register), defeat, demean (make lower), derogate, dispatch (put to death), enter (record …   Law dictionary

  • put-down — n [C usually singular] something you say that is intended to make someone feel stupid or unimportant = ↑snub ▪ She was tired of his put downs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • put down — ► put down 1) suppress (a rebellion, coup, or riot) by force. 2) kill (a sick, old, or injured animal). 3) pay (a sum) as a deposit. 4) informal humiliate by public criticism. Main Entry: ↑put …   English terms dictionary

  • put down to — ► put down to attribute (something) to. Main Entry: ↑put …   English terms dictionary

  • put-down — [n] nasty commentary cut*, dig*, disparagement, gibe*, humiliation, indignity, insult, jibe*, knock*, pan*, rebuff, sarcasm, slight, sneer*, snub, suppression; concepts 54,278 Ant. flattery, praise …   New thesaurus

  • put-down — ► NOUN informal ▪ a humiliating or critical remark …   English terms dictionary

  • put-down — ☆ put down [poot′doun΄ ] n. Slang a belittling remark or crushing retort …   English World dictionary

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