- 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.
- to utter or say in a sneering manner.
- 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.
Origin of sneer
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Related Wordstaunt, jeer, scoff, deride, belittle, grin, dump, twit, gird, slam, jest, rally, caricature, leer, swipe, insult, lampoon, decry, travesty, crack
Examples from the Web for sneered
Gawker sneered that Uber is "Ayn Rand's favorite car service."In Defense of Uber’s Awful Sydney Surge Pricing
December 16, 2014
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’
April 8, 2014
“Mr. Weiner is not a normal human being,” sneered the Journal in its editorial demanding he drop out.Don’t Leave the Mayor’s Race Yet, Anthony Weiner
July 26, 2013
So how many people, including those who sneered at Aguilera, can even recite the lyrics?How Many Americans Know the Star Spangled Banner?
February 10, 2011
The two men have sneered at Hirsi Ali in print, dismissing her as an “Enlightenment fundamentalist.”The Last Liberal?
May 26, 2010
"A sneak always lies well," he replied, as he sneered at Lanning.Way of the Lawless
How could there be any hope of a boy who sneered at his mother?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Cassidy sneered, outraged by such impudence on the part of an ex-convict.Within the Law
"That's what the Public are up against in this game," sneered the backer of Lucretia.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
At which he sneered, and said that was a bull and a blunder, but no wonder, as I was an Irishman.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
- a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance
- (intr) to assume a facial expression of scorn or contempt
- to say or utter (something) in a scornful or contemptuous manner
Word Origin and History for sneered
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.).