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[sneer] /snɪər/
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
Related forms
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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Examples for sneering
  • sneering doesnt become either the human face or the human soul.
  • And possibly, too, he hoped by his rude and sneering behaviour to hide the truth from others.
  • Knocking and sneering and tearing-down-so much easier than building up.
  • Maybe then scientific people could stop sneering, thinking that the metaphysical aspects had been dealt with.
  • Your statement is sneering and dismissive, and so is doubly unpersuasive.
  • So, try stepping in my shoes for once, before sneering at the article.
  • Words on a page can't convey the sharpness of his high-pitched, nasal sneering.
  • There were, said this sneering envoy, no broad-based people in his party's ranks.
  • He also did a lot of putting his hands on his hips and sneering.
  • sneering is never becoming even when done for the glory of science.
British Dictionary definitions for sneering


a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance
(intransitive) to assume a facial expression of scorn or contempt
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 sneering
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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