verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sneer
Examples from the Web for sneered
Gawker sneered that Uber is "Ayn Rand's favorite car service."
Onscreen, he shoved his jaw out, jutted his hips, and sneered at the camera.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Mr. Weiner is not a normal human being,” sneered the Journal in its editorial demanding he drop out.
So how many people, including those who sneered at Aguilera, can even recite the lyrics?
The two men have sneered at Hirsi Ali in print, dismissing her as an “Enlightenment fundamentalist.”
He sneered this word every time he used it in his talk with Wade.King Spruce, A Novel|Holman Day
In the Forest he was enthusiastic for the peace, and sneered at the Revolution.Alexander Pope|Leslie Stephen
Curfoot turned his pointed muzzle toward the window and sneered at the sunny landscape.The Dark Star|Robert W. Chambers
He sneered, but it was so nearly imperceptible that it did not seem ill-natured.The Spirit of the Ghetto|Hutchins Hapgood
"Perhaps the boy means to pay the note of seven hundred dollars," sneered Squire Moses.The Coming Wave|Oliver Optic
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.).