verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sneer
Examples from the Web for sneer
He observes the bodies floating away on the river, pulling on his cigarette with a sneer.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Internet might sneer at Monarch, but all press is good press, after all.Porn Company Wants Amanda Knox To Star In Adult Entertainment Film|Lizzie Crocker|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The serious magazines felt similarly behooved to weigh in, also largely to sneer.‘You’ve Got to Be Kidding’: Why Adults Dismissed The Beatles in 1964|Michael Tomasky|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So when they tumble off, the fact that we cheer and sneer is awful, hypocritical, and deeply, sometimes savagely unkind.
No liberal stereotype, from Birkenstocks to the French, vegans, and NPR, is too tired to sneer at.Sarah Palin Serves Up a Healthy Serving of Venom in Her Christmas Book|Michelle Cottle|November 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"We don't see much of your money," he commented, with a sneer.Joe Strong, the Boy Fish|Vance Barnum
You say he was reckoned a good officer; what a sneer is that on the art military!The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
There, in the shadow, just beyond the rim of his own lantern light, was the desk where Jim Ellison used to sit—and sneer at him.The Rival Campers Ashore|Ruel Perley Smith
The issue may yet have been undecided when he turned round to Jethro with a sneer which he could not resist.Coniston, Complete|Winston Churchill
There was a sneer on Slades lips and his frigid eyes filled her with a vague dread.The Gray Phantom|Herman Landon
Word Origin for sneer
1550s, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from North Frisian sneere "to scorn," related to Old English fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (cf. Danish snærre "to grin like a dog," Middle Dutch, Middle High German snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1670s; sense of "to curl the upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. Related: Sneered; sneering. Sneer word is in E. Digby Baltzell (1987).
1707, from sneer (v.).