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American English: /snɪr/
British English: /snɪə/

Translation of sneer in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • adoptar un aire despectivo
    to sneer at somebody/somethinghe 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

  • 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
    Example sentences
    • And so I thought that the massive sneer with which his remarks were greeted was unjustified.
    • They'll have to put up with our weapon of choice: the condescending sneer.
    • I was instantly flanked by two guards with a countenance of half sneers, half smiles on their faces.

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