SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of sneer 1545–55;
orig., to snort; compare
snarl 1 Related forms sneer·er, noun sneer·ful, adjective sneer·ing·ly, adverb sneer·less, adjective sub·sneer, noun un·sneer·ing, adjective un·sneer·ing·ly, adverb Synonyms for sneer 2
. scoff, gibe, jeer.
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Examples from the Web for sneeringly Historical Examples of sneeringly
Some one remarked it, and observed,
sneeringly, that "he was meditating."
"Yes, go and try it on with my sister," resumed Virginie
“Because I was lucky like you say, I suppose,”
sneeringly answered Percy.
“I thought you were going to return the money,” Sautee said
"You fancy that the whole world is like the ring at Ascot," said Beecher,
sneeringly. British Dictionary definitions for sneeringly 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 Forms sneerer, noun sneerful, adjective sneering, adjective, noun sneeringly, adverb Word Origin for sneer
C16: perhaps from Low Dutch; compare North Frisian
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Word Origin and History for sneeringly v.
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).
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