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snide Line breaks: snide
Pronunciation: /snʌɪd/

Definition of snide in English:


1Derogatory or mocking in an indirect way: snide remarks about my mother
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  • I go to the counter and give the cheque to a guy who definitely did not have enough sleep last night and was in a mood for nasty snide remarks and evil glares.
  • Some marched past him, giving him anything from a passing glance to a narrow eyed stare of contempt and a snide remark.
  • When my mum wasn't in the room he would always say snide remarks, taunting me.
scornful, derisive, sarcastic, caustic, biting, bitchy, shrewish, spiteful, hurtful, nasty, mean
British informal sarky
rare mordacious
2chiefly North American (Of a person) devious and underhand: a snide divorce lawyer
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  • I mean, I'm not beautiful, so why am I being so snide in my head about others?
  • In fact, the man had attempted to court her in college, but being the snide women she was, she denied him - until he struck gold in the stock markets.
  • He was snide too, bringing up how much of a hound Mitch was and how that might unhinge any woman's mind.
3 informal, chiefly British Counterfeit; inferior: snide Rolex watches


informal Back to top  
An unpleasant or underhand person: he’s not a snide, he’s better than most


Example sentences
  • With almost malevolent emphasis, newscasters snidely tell us that we're too fat, citing facts or pseudo-facts from this institute or that institute.
  • And I ask that question in dead earnest, not snidely.
  • Too late I remembered the Spanish for ‘very small’ and began to play out alternative scenarios in which I snidely put him in his place.
Example sentences
  • Sure, politics has been filled with snideness, ridicule and finger pointing probably since the first caveman was elected keeper of the flame, but it's reached the point of combustion.
  • If this had been a high-powered business lunch and there was an important meeting to get to, then maybe snideness and rudeness would be called for.
  • Why resort to snideness over the basic laying down of facts?
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  • In hiding, his only human contact are glamour-chasing girl friends, snidey, shady minders and the builders renovating his rambling house.
  • Over the years we sat in many a drizzly car park on the dark perimeter of some God forsaken industrial town, solemnly munching sandwiches and making snidey remarks about salesmen.
  • By laughing at a snidey biog such as this we collude in the destruction of an already terribly injured woman.


Mid 19th century (in sense 3 of the adjective): of unknown origin.

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