- Deign is defined as to lower one's self to do or say something, and to do so with a high sense of one's own superiority.
An example of deign is to refuse to discuss an issue with friends because one thinks he is too intelligent.
Origin of deignMiddle English deignen ; from Old French deignier ; from Classical Latin dignare, dignari, to deem worthy ; from dignus, worthy: see dignity
verbdeigned, deign·ing, deigns
Origin of deignMiddle English deinen, from Old French deignier, to regard as worthy, from Latin dignārī, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deigns, present participle deigning, simple past and past participle deigned)