- (archaic) in a slighting manner, belittlingly
1786, Boswell, Life Of Johnson, Volume 5:
- I was afraid of a quarrel between Dr. Johnson and Mr. M'Aulay, who talked slightingly of the lower English clergy.
1832, Edward Berens, Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford:
- They are, I believe, sometimes spoken slightingly of by men of learning; I, however, as an unlearned man, think them particularly useful.
1880, John Nichol, Byron:
- He is fond of gossip, and apt to speak slightingly of some of his friends, but is loyal to others.
- 1899, Knut Hamsun, Hunger, translated by George Egerton, Part II, page 133
- In order to console myself—to indemnify myself in some measure—I take to picking all possible faults in the people who glide by. I shrug my shoulders contemptuously, and look slightingly at them according as they pass.
1915, James Branch Cabell, The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck:
- The colonel touched upon the time when buzzards, in the guise of carpet-baggers, had battened upon the recumbent form; and spoke slightingly of divers persons of antiquity as compared with various Confederate leaders, whose names were greeted with approving nods and ripples of polite enthusiasm.
in a slighting manner; belittlingly