The term "passive-aggressive" was introduced in a 1945 U.S. War Department technical bulletin, describing soldiers who weren't openly insubordinate but shirked duty through procrastination, willful incompetence, and so on.
While everyone thought the young man was just dumb, the fact is he was merely being passive aggressive so he wouldn't have to do all of the work.
by Signmeup November 13, 2006
An adjective used to describe hiding aggressive intentions and actions with seemingly non aggressive intentions and actions.

An often misused and misunderstood term.
Mike- "Hey Rob can you help me paint the bathroom"?

Rob- "Sure Mike. I'd love to".

If Rob intentionally did a sloppy job because he didn't like Mike or didn't want to paint, it would be passive aggressive.
by nostawk March 15, 2010
Personality disorder now dismissed by psychiatrists but a popular term with people who have to label other people. Being verbally helpful but unhelpful in action.
Brian said that he would happily wash my windows, but instead he just spit on them and wiped it with his sleeve, a week late.
by Ben September 03, 2004
appearing indifferent, uninterested, or in support of an act before it happens but outwardly opposing and attacking it once it has occurred.
Me: hey baby do you mind if I roll out with my boys tonight?
You: I don't care. (but all your shit will be on the sidewalk when you get back)
Me: You're so cute when you are all passive aggressive like that. I love you.
by Greakan October 13, 2008
Showing disrespect towards others by way of lack of action or supposed forgetfulness.
Jim was downright passive aggressive towards Pete by "forgetting" to pay off his debt.
by Blindy's Voice of Reason July 26, 2005
Girl Mad
Any girl is passive aggressive when she says "I'm Not Mad", etc.
by Foster S. Chaos August 15, 2008
to push a strong thought without making oneself vulnerable. a personality that may be ranting strong beliefs behind people's back or safely on the internet to avoid retaliation from the fear of it. trying to push others with a strong defensive shield that shows weakness. ranting/preaching politics and religion without a strong sense of assertiveness. pushing beliefs without action and results.
some passive aggressive guy was writing nasty racist comments on the internet because he knew that if he did it face to face he would have gotten his fuckin face kicked in.
by eazy-x January 02, 2008

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