- derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner: snide remarks about his boss.
Origin of snide
Examples from the Web for snidely
Haley: Your detractors in the Negro community often refer to you snidely as “De Lawd” and “Booker T. King.”Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 19, 2014
Actually, probably with the silent-film baddies on whom Whiplash was based; by the way, what a great name, Snidely Whiplash!Will We Ever Have a Hirsute President Again?
January 22, 2013
"Tell us when you plan to visit us next time," one of the guards said snidely.A Secret Putin Palace on Russia’s Black Sea?
August 13, 2012
One has to think about what one is really saying when one snidely dismisses women who are interested in fashion.Why We Despise Sex and the City
May 31, 2010
- 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 snidely
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.