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Pronunciation: /snɪr; snɪə(r)/

Translation of sneer in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • adoptar un aire despectivoto sneer at sb/sth he sneered at his challengers miró desdeñosamente a sus contrincantes she sneered at my attempts se burló de mis intentos
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • decir* con sorna or desdén


  • 1.1 (expression) expresión (feminine) desdeñosa he told me with a sneer that … me dijo con desdén or sorna que … 1.2 (remark) comentario (masculine) desdeñoso or despectivo, burla (feminine)

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