- derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner: snide remarks about his boss.
Origin of snide
Examples from the Web for snide
In the following issue, The Group was the subject of a snide, imperious review by Norman Mailer.American Dreams, 1963: ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy
July 25, 2013
She welcomed Jews into her cabinet, prompting the snide joke that she favored "Old Estonians over Old Etonians."How Margaret Thatcher Saved Britain and Changed the World
April 8, 2013
For all the snide comments from the right, the word is getting passed on.Republicans Laugh, But Women Relate to 'The Life of Julia'
May 6, 2012
For his part, Newt Gingrich has clearly been honing his persona as condescending, arch, snide Big Thinker.Rick Perry Unleashes His Inner Cowboy in Fox News Debate
January 17, 2012
But Michael Medved says this approach amounts to snide religion-bashing.Bill Keller’s Religious Test
August 30, 2011
Some newscast would be sure to get hold of the story and there'd be snide accusations.Tinker's Dam
He resented the snide bit of conditioning, but respected it at the same time.Deathworld
Most on us is wasters; the game of the snide un's to be a Prize Plant.
The "snide" was led back to the station house and put in a cell.The Twin Ventriloquists
I guess I ain't told you much you don't know about your snide business.The Clarion
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- Also: snidey (ˈsnaɪdɪ) (of a remark, etc) maliciously derogatory; supercilious
- counterfeit; sham
- slang sham jewellery
- Northern English dialect to fill or load
Word Origin and History for snide
1859, thieves' slang, "counterfeit, sham, bad, spurious," of unknown origin. Of persons, "cunning, sharp," from 1883. Sense of "sneering" is first attested 1933, perhaps via sense of "hypocrisy, malicious gossip" (1902). Related: Sneeringly.