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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

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>.

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
SNEERING Defined for Kids

1sneer

verb \ˈsnir\
sneeredsneer·ing

Definition of SNEER for Kids

1
:  to smile or laugh while making a face that shows disrespect
2
:  to speak or write in a disrespectful way <She was … careful not to seem to sneer at the rest of the islanders for their lack of education. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved>

2sneer

noun

Definition of SNEER for Kids

:  a disrespectful expression or remark

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