sneer

[sneer]
verb (used without object)
1.
to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt: They sneered at his pretensions.
2.
to speak or write in a manner expressive of derision or scorn.
verb (used with object)
3.
to utter or say in a sneering manner.
noun
4.
a look or expression of derision, scorn, or contempt.
5.
a derisive or scornful utterance, especially one more or less covert or insinuative.
6.
an act of sneering.

Origin:
1545–55; orig., to snort; compare Frisian (N dial.) sneere scornful remark, snarl1

sneerer, noun
sneerful, adjective
sneeringly, adverb
sneerless, adjective
subsneer, noun
unsneering, adjective
unsneeringly, adverb


2. gibe. See scoff1. 5. scoff, gibe, jeer.
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sneer (snɪə)
 
n
1.  a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
2.  a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance
 
vb
3.  (intr) to assume a facial expression of scorn or contempt
4.  to say or utter (something) in a scornful or contemptuous manner
 
[C16: perhaps from Low Dutch; compare North Frisian sneere contempt]
 
'sneerer
 
n
 
'sneerful
 
adj
 
'sneering
 
adj, —n
 
'sneeringly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

sneer
1553, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from N.Fris. sneere "to scorn," related to O.E. fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (cf. Dan. snærre "to grin like a dog," M.Du., M.H.G. snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1680; sense of "to curl the
upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. The noun is attested from 1707.
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Example sentences
Private equity bigwigs used to sneer at the idea of investing in public
  companies.
Some sneer that there are no legal sanctions for non-compliance.
We not only sneer at, laugh at them, but destroy them.
Forget those polite merger and takeover discussions, with only an occasional
  arched eyebrow or sneer disturbing the peace.
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