sneer

[ sneer ]
/ snɪər /

verb (used without object)

to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt: They sneered at his pretensions.
to speak or write in a manner expressive of derision or scorn.

verb (used with object)

to utter or say in a sneering manner.

noun

a look or expression of derision, scorn, or contempt.
a derisive or scornful utterance, especially one more or less covert or insinuative.
an act of sneering.

Nearby words

  1. sneaking,
  2. sneakingly,
  3. sneaky,
  4. sneaky pete,
  5. sneck,
  6. sneeringly,
  7. sneery,
  8. sneesh,
  9. sneeze,
  10. sneeze at

Origin of sneer

1545–55; orig., to snort; compare Frisian (N dial.) sneere scornful remark, snarl1

SYNONYMS FOR sneer
2. gibe. See scoff1. 5. scoff, gibe, jeer.

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British Dictionary definitions for sneer

sneer

/ (snɪə) /

noun

a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance

verb

(intr) to assume a facial expression of scorn or contempt
to say or utter (something) in a scornful or contemptuous manner
Derived Formssneerer, nounsneerful, adjectivesneering, adjective, nounsneeringly, adverb

Word Origin for sneer

C16: perhaps from Low Dutch; compare North Frisian sneere contempt

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Word Origin and History for sneer
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