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sneer

[sneer] /snɪər/
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
1545-1555
1545-55; orig., to snort; compare Frisian (N dial.) sneere scornful remark, snarl1
Related forms
sneerer, noun
sneerful, adjective
sneeringly, adverb
sneerless, adjective
subsneer, noun
unsneering, adjective
unsneeringly, adverb
Synonyms
2. gibe. See scoff1 . 5. scoff, gibe, jeer.
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  • But now a large part of the party obstinately insists that the educated are those that should be sneered at and ignored.
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  • Self-taught, he made archaeological discoveries and propounded theories unrecognized and sneered at by the professional community.
British Dictionary definitions for sneered

sneer

/snɪə/
noun
1.
a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
2.
a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance
verb
3.
(intransitive) to assume a facial expression of scorn or contempt
4.
to say or utter (something) in a scornful or contemptuous manner
Derived Forms
sneerer, noun
sneerful, adjective
sneering, adjective, noun
sneeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Low Dutch; compare North Frisian sneere contempt
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Word Origin and History for sneered

sneer

v.

1550s, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from North Frisian sneere "to scorn," related to Old English fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (cf. Danish snærre "to grin like a dog," Middle Dutch, Middle High German snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1670s; sense of "to curl the upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. Related: Sneered; sneering. Sneer word is in E. Digby Baltzell (1987).

n.

1707, from sneer (v.).

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