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

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. Unabridged
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sneer (snɪə)
1.  a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
2.  a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance
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]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

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
Punk bands sneered at prog rockers who recorded epic odysseys lasting sometimes
  for an entire side of an album.
Had he been more sophisticated, he might have sneered at these corny icons.
But now a large part of the party obstinately insists that the educated are
  those that should be sneered at and ignored.
Still, no leader who is relentlessly sneered at by intellectuals can be all bad.
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