Definition of sneer in English:

sneer

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Pronunciation: /snɪə
 
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noun

verb

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  • Smile or speak in a contemptuous or mocking manner: she had sneered at their bad taste [with direct speech]: ‘I see you’re conservative in your ways,’ David sneered
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    • He was contemptuous and sneering in pointing out that we were in the wrong carriage.
    • The people sneered and mocked me as I descended down the stairs.
    • He smiled and she sneered at him, then took a sip of coffee and returned to poking her eggs.
    Synonyms
    curl one's lip, smile disparagingly, smile contemptuously, smile smugly, smile conceitedly, smile cruelly, smile mirthlessly, smirk, snicker, sniggerscoff at, scorn, be contemptuous of, treat with contempt, hold in contempt, disdain, mock, jeer at, gibe at, ridicule, deride, taunt, insult, make cutting remarks about, slight, affront; North American slur
    North American informal jive

Derivatives

sneerer

noun
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  • Indeed if the sneerers looked hard enough they would see that we are not the only ones that do not define our interests exclusively in regional terms.
  • Well, I can assure the snipers and sneerers that I have been consistent.
  • With a sneer in his voice that must have impressed even the great sneerer himself, the health secretary seized the moral high-ground as he insisted he would not rise to the bait.

sneeringly

adverb
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  • He says, sneeringly, ‘What do you know about communists?’
  • He was, it was said sneeringly, hiring mercenaries.
  • It's another reason I so prefer the culture of science to that of our sneeringly mendacious government administration.

Origin

late Middle English: probably of imitative origin.

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