sneer


1sneer

verb \ˈsnir\

: to smile or laugh at someone or something with an expression on your face that shows dislike and a lack of respect

: to express dislike and a lack of respect for someone or something in a very open way

Full Definition of SNEER

intransitive verb
1
:  to smile or laugh with facial contortions that express scorn or contempt
2
:  to speak or write in a scornfully jeering manner
transitive verb
:  to utter with a sneer
sneer·er noun

Examples of SNEER

  1. You obviously don't know what you're talking about, she sneered.
  2. <in high school the in crowd would invariably sneer every time they passed the hapless nerds>

Origin of SNEER

probably akin to Middle High German snerren to chatter, gossip — more at snore
First Known Use: 1680

2sneer

noun

: an expression on a person's face that is like a smile but that shows dislike and a lack of respect for someone or something; also : a statement, criticism, etc., that shows dislike and a lack of respect

Full Definition of SNEER

:  the act of sneering; also :  a sneering expression or remark

Examples of SNEER

  1. She looked at me with a sneer of disgust.
  2. They're paranoid, he said with a sneer.
  3. The novel elicited sneers from the critics.

First Known Use of SNEER

1707

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