sneer
I. verb Etymology: probably akin to Middle High German snerren to chatter, gossip — more at snore Date: 1680 intransitive verb 1. to smile or laugh with facial contortions that express scorn or contempt 2. to speak or write in a scornfully jeering manner transitive verb to utter with a sneer Synonyms: see scoffsneerer noun II. noun Date: 1707 the act of sneering; also a sneering expression or remark

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  • Sneer — Sneer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sneered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sneering}.] [OE. sneren, Dan. sn?rre to snarl or grin (like a dog); cf. Prov. E. sneer to grin, sner to snort, snert to sneer at. See {Snore}, v. i.] 1. To show contempt by turning up the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sneer — sneer·er; sneer·ful; sneer·ing·ly; sneer·less; sneer; …   English syllables

  • Sneer — Sneer, v. t. 1. To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer fulsome lies at a person. Congreve. [1913 Webster] A ship of fools, he sneered. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To treat with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sneer — Sneer, n. 1. The act of sneering. [1913 Webster] 2. A smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of contempt. Who can refute a sneer? Raley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sneer — [snir] vi. [ME sneren, akin to Fris sneere, to scorn, Dan snaere, to grin like a dog: see SNARL1] 1. to smile derisively; show scorn or contempt as by curling the upper lip 2. to express derision, scorn, or contempt in speech or writing vt. 1. to …   English World dictionary

  • sneer — index disdain, disparage, disrespect, flout, humiliate, jeer, mock (deride), ridicule …   Law dictionary

  • sneer — vb *scoff, jeer, gird, flout, gibe, fleer Analogous words: deride, taunt, mock, *ridicule: scout, *despise, scorn, disdain …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sneer — [v] mock, condemn affront, belittle, burlesque, caricature, crack, curl one’s lip at*, decry, deride, detract, disdain, disparage, dump, fleer, flout, gibe, gird, give Bronx cheer, grin, hold in contempt*, hold up to ridicule*, insult, jeer, jest …   New thesaurus

  • sneer — ► NOUN ▪ a contemptuous or mocking smile, remark, or tone. ► VERB ▪ smile or speak in a contemptuous or mocking manner. ORIGIN probably imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • Sneer — Christ Carrying the Cross (1515 AD) by Hieronymus Bosch illustrating the facial expression known as a sneer A sneer is a facial expression of scorn or disgust characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip, known also as curling …   Wikipedia

  • sneer — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ arrogant ▪ faint, slight VERB + SNEER ▪ give ▪ He gave an arrogant sneer. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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