sneer

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 sneer — sneer·er; sneer·ful; sneer·ing·ly; sneer·less; sneer; …

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  • 3 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… …

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  • 4 sneer´er — sneer «snihr», verb, noun. –v.i. to show scorn or contempt by looks or words: »The mean girls sneered at the poor girl s cheap clothes. Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer (Alexander Pope) …

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  • 5 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] …

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  • 6 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 …

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

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  • 8 sneer at — index denigrate, derogate, discommend, disdain, minimize, misprize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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

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  • 10 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 …

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

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  • 12 sneer|y — «SNIHR ee», adjective. of a sneering or scornful character …

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  • 13 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 …

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

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  • 15 sneer — [[t]snɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] sneers, sneering, sneered VERB If you sneer at someone or something, you express your contempt for them by the expression on your face or by what you say. [V at n] There is too great a readiness to sneer at anything the… …

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  • 16 sneer — sneer1 [ snır ] verb intransitive or transitive to speak in an unpleasant way that shows you do not respect someone or something and you think you are better than them: Purple socks? he sneered. sneer at: He s always sneering at the way people… …

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  • 17 sneer — I UK [snɪə(r)] / US [snɪr] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms sneer : present tense I/you/we/they sneer he/she/it sneers present participle sneering past tense sneered past participle sneered to speak in an unpleasant way that shows you do …

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  • 18 sneer — {{11}}sneer (n.) 1707, from SNEER (Cf. sneer) (v.). {{12}}sneer (v.) 1550s, 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 …

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  • 19 sneer — sneer1 [snıə US snır] v [I and T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps copying the action] to smile or speak in a very unkind way that shows you have no respect for someone or something ▪ Is that your best outfit? he sneered. sneer at ▪ She sneered… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 sneer — v. (D; intr.) to sneer at * * * [snɪə] (D; intr.) to sneer at …

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