- 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 Words for sneeringlyacerbically, acrimoniously, bitingly, caustically, maliciously, sneeringly
Examples from the Web for sneeringly
Historical Examples of sneeringly
Some one remarked it, and observed, sneeringly, that "he was meditating."The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
"Yes, go and try it on with my sister," resumed Virginie sneeringly.L'Assommoir
“Because I was lucky like you say, I suppose,” sneeringly answered Percy.
“I thought you were going to return the money,” Sautee said sneeringly.
"You fancy that the whole world is like the ring at Ascot," said Beecher, sneeringly.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
- 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 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.).