British politicians have sneered at the idea of a televised debate for generations.
Gawker sneered that Uber is "Ayn Rand's favorite car service."
Having attended the same session four years ago, where we were sneered and snapped at by Bob Shrum, I was prepared for the worst.
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).
1707, from sneer (v.).