verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sneer
Examples from the Web for sneeringly
No American should ever write a line that can be sneeringly quoted by an enemy of the great Republic.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
"He wants to forgive himself, and only hesitates how to do so gracefully," said she, sneeringly.The Fortunes Of Glencore|Charles James Lever
"I houp ye're nane the waur o' bein i' the castle, Charlie," cried Will o'Gunmerlie, sneeringly.
The pudgy man gazed at the little man calmly and sneeringly.Last Words|Stephen Crane
The pleasant old gentleman looked at me sneeringly, made an allusion to my canoe, and marched off, waggling his head.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
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.).