Sneer Definition

snîr
sneered, sneering, sneers
noun
sneers
An act of sneering.
Webster's New World
A scornful facial expression characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip.
American Heritage
A scornful tone or statement.
American Heritage
A sneering expression, insinuation, etc.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
verb
sneered, sneering, sneers
To assume a scornful or derisive facial expression.
American Heritage
To smile derisively; show scorn or contempt as by curling the upper lip.
Webster's New World
To utter with a sneer or in a sneering manner.
Webster's New World
To speak in a scornful or derisive manner.
American Heritage
To express derision, scorn, or contempt in speech or writing.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Sneer

  • From Middle English sneren to mock alteration of Old English fnǣran to breathe heavily pneu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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