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sneer

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verb \ˈsnir\

Simple Definition of sneer

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to smile or laugh with facial contortions that express scorn or contempt

  3. 2 :  to speak or write in a scornfully jeering manner

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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

Synonym Discussion of sneer

scoff, jeer, gibe, fleer, sneer, flout mean to show one's contempt in derision or mockery. scoff stresses insolence, disrespect, or incredulity as motivating the derision <scoffed at their concerns>. jeer suggests a coarser more undiscriminating derision <the crowd jeered at the prisoners>. gibe implies taunting either good-naturedly or in sarcastic derision <hooted and gibed at the umpire>. fleer suggests grinning or grimacing derisively <the saucy jackanapes fleered at my credulity>. sneer stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice <sneered at anything romantic>. flout stresses contempt shown by refusal to heed <flouted the conventions of polite society>.

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sneer

noun

Simple Definition of sneer

  • : 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

  1. :  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.



1707

First Known Use of sneer

1707



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