Disdainful means scornful and arrogant. To be disdainful is to act mean and superior.

If you're acting haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, or swaggering, you're acting disdainful. The great Michael Jordan was known to be disdainful of his opponents — and even teammates who couldn't keep up with him. Arrogant people with their nose in the air are disdainful. This can also have an even harsher sense, meaning contemptuous. Either way, that person who gave you the disdainful look doesn’t like you (or at least something you did) very much.

Definitions of disdainful
  1. adjective
    having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
    “some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines”
    synonyms: haughty, imperious, lofty, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering
    feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride
  2. adjective
    expressing extreme contempt
    synonyms: contemptuous, insulting, scornful
    exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
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