sneer

verb
\ ˈsnir How to pronounce sneer (audio) \
sneered; sneering; sneers

Definition of sneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of sneer (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

sneerer noun

Synonyms for sneer

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of sneer in a Sentence

Verb “You obviously don't know what you're talking about,” she sneered. in high school the in crowd would invariably sneer every time they passed the hapless nerds Noun She looked at me with a sneer of disgust. “They're paranoid,” he said with a sneer. The novel elicited sneers from the critics.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Design snobs may forever sneer at this type of branding, but these shortcuts do serve a highly functional (and accessible) purpose for many people. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Nordic Valley now has a high-speed six-pack accessing some more challenging terrain, Brian Head is nothing to sneer at and those who buy early get a bonus day at Sundance. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2021 Izzi is given almost nothing to do except show up, sneer a few threats, and then disappear. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 5 Mar. 2021 Connoisseurs may sneer at some of the wine selections, or take issue with the ornate glassware employed at the White House. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2020 The very conservative institution-building that Donald Trump and other right-wing populists sneer at is what gave us such instruments as the Federalist Society, which has trained up a generation of constitutionalist judges. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 16 Aug. 2020 Some readers may sneer at an income under $100,000. Scott Burns, Dallas News, 4 July 2020 They are either sneered at or ignored by current residents, who often prefer numbers. The Economist, 12 Mar. 2020 Pilot Bread, Spam and Betty Crocker Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix might be sneered at by hipsters in other states, but in Alaska they are incorporated into meals, and often reworked into gourmet specialties. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For a while, their meetings were referred to as El Cashico, always with the slight ghost of a sneer: a confected nickname for an ersatz imitation of an authentic rivalry. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Here and there, one yearns for the bass-heavy quake of Ms. Eilish’s music, or Lorde’s ingratiating sneer. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Wyatt Russell is now playing Walker with an omnipresent sneer, and his temper seems easy to trigger. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2021 Audiobooks are often spoken about with a slight sneer but the assumption that information isn’t absorbed in the same way while listening is entirely ridiculous. Alicia Lansom, refinery29.com, 25 Feb. 2021 My lips were curdled into a sneer the whole time that ending unfolded. Rose Maura Lorre, Vulture, 19 Feb. 2021 Her catcher’s mitt face is twisted in a permanent sneer. Reid Mccarter, Wired, 19 Nov. 2020 Over their first two albums in 2017 and 2018, Idles combined a vitriolic sneer with blunt social commentary, writing blistering songs about inclusivity, gender inequality, depression and toxic masculinity. Matt Hendrickson, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2020 That sneer accompanied a complaint about past U.S. condemnations of China’s crackdown on Hong Kong, as Beijing seeks to tighten control over the former British colony and trading center in violation of international agreements. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 3 June 2020

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First Known Use of sneer

Verb

1680, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1707, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sneer

Verb

probably akin to Middle High German snerren to chatter, gossip — more at snore

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1 Jun 2021

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“Sneer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sneer. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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sneer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

sneer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sneer (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

sneer

verb
\ ˈsnir How to pronounce sneer (audio) \
sneered; sneering

Kids Definition of sneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sneer

noun

Kids Definition of sneer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a disrespectful expression or remark

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