1. to disparage, to attack verbally.
|Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Dec. 4/8: When a journalistic rival tries to ‘dis’ you / And to prejudice you in the public’s eyes.|
|‘Fresh Wild Fly and Bold’ [lyrics] Kiss his woman, dis his mother, and don’t even run.|
|‘Rock Box’ [lyrics] We’ll diss a sucker MC make the other suckers hate it.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 3: dis – criticize.|
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 97: Young black men and women who conceive of their African inheritance as little more than a means to cold-crash mainstream America and then cold-dis [...] the brothers and sisters left behind.‘Michael Jackson’ in|
|Flyboy in the Buttermilk (1992) 100: Need I spell out what effect Dukakis’s dissing of Jesse and the entire African-American body politic did to turn her stomach?‘The GOP Throws a Mammy-Jammy’ in|
|‘Bandolero’ [lyrics] You should never dis the champion.|
|Underground 7: Oy. Don’t diss my team, all right?|
|Guardian Rev. 1 Jan. 18: Why you be always dissin’ the RAC?|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 111: ‘Don’t let nobody diss your set’.|
|Deuce’s Wild 27: T-Mo dissed al-Salaam for converting to Islam.|
|‘Bad Girl’ [lyrics] Gyal weh nuh fraid if a gyal diss you or diss your friend.|
|Guardian 23 Sept. 11/4: Mocking straights, ‘faggots’ and Lesbians, midgets, ‘fat girls’ [...] whichever minority she’s just dissed.|
2. to disrespect.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 2: dis – not show proper respect.|
|Do or Die (1992) 3: You got to be ready to do anything if somebody dis’ your hood.|
|It Was An Accident 227: Only you got your face to think about and they surely dissed me.|
|Londonstani (2007) 56: Hardjit would’ve smacked them for dissin him, dissin his house, dissin his mum’s magazines, dissin the poster.|
|NY Times 14 Jan. [Internet] The meaning of ‘diss’ [is] to ‘dismiss’ or ‘disrespect’ someone.|
3. to denigrate someone in public to the extent that it makes that person feel bad.
|‘Personal’ [lyrics] I never diss an emcee, wish ’em all good luck.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 8: And it’s even worse when rappers name journalists and dis them publicly.|
|Random Family 128: The police would have seen him naked. Roxanne had been dissed.|
4. to deliberately break an appointment or date without consulting the second party.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 3: diss – ignore, get rid of [...] ‘I got dissed hard last night. My date didn’t show up, and he didn’t call or anything.’.|
|Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 73: Tuco held out on him, dissed him in subtle ways, made him call a few times.|
5. to inform.
|Observer 18 July 10: They say she was dissing on the Park Lane gang. Informer. But she never.|
(W.I./UK black teen) to put a planned thing on hold, to delay something, to disrupt a schedule.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 17: Dis de program to show disregard, disrespect.|
(US black) one who offers disrepect in a covert manner, e.g. in a rap lyric surreptitiously aimed at a rival.
|‘I Don’t Like’ [lyrics] Sneak dissers, that's that shit I don’t like.|