I'm looking for a word to describe this kind of person.

e.g. "Hey dude what's the square root of 9 again?

"Oh my God are you really asking me that? It's 3... you idiot."

  • Cantankerous: dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/cantankerous
    – user66974
    Apr 25, 2017 at 11:50
  • Here, taken for granted (not even a 'please'). Apr 25, 2017 at 12:45
  • grouch, grump, curmudgeon. Although if someone asked me what the square root of 9 was -- again! -- I wouldn't be polite either.
    – ab2
    Apr 25, 2017 at 19:26
  • Do you want an adjective, a noun, maybe a verb...? If you include a sample sentence with a ___ where the target word would go, it will be clearer what you're asking for. (This is technically required for single-word-requests.)
    – 1006a
    Apr 27, 2017 at 18:10

6 Answers 6



behave as if one is [...] descending from a superior position

or patronizing

treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority

or snobby

condescendingly patronizingly rude.


grudging, defined by Merriam-Webster

done, given, or allowed unwillingly, reluctantly, or sparingly • Grudging compliance

Grudging doesn't fit your example sentence well; justifiably exasperated fits your example sentence better. (Who doesn't know the square root of nine?). Grudging does fit the broader meaning of your question. For example:

Hey, dude, I overslept and missed English class. Can I scan your notes into my computer?

Oh god, not again! OK but be quick about it; what do you think I am -- your Personal Assistant? Get an alarm clock, will you?


Sarcastic? Ironical? Obtuse. You have two emotions in that sentence; aid and animosity. So although they are being helpful they are nonetheless being rude. So at the end of that sentence you could add: 'he replied sarcastically'.



  1. The state of being aggressively productive.
  2. Effectively mean; bitchy beyond reproach; cuntlike



I'd say the individual is churlish or that they made a churlish remark:

marked by a lack of civility or graciousness

Google's definition is a bit clearer and better suited for this situation:

rude in a mean-spirited and surly (bad-tempered/unfriendly) way


"Hey dude what's the square root of 9 again?

"Oh my God are you really asking me that?" he remarked churlishly. "It's 3...you idiot."


In terms of styles used in writing a novel, you could use the words "benevolent yet belligerent".


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