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Meaning of SNEER

Pronunciation:  sneer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
  2. [n]  a contemptuous or scornful remark
  3. [v]  smile contemptuously; "she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"
  4. [v]  express through a scornful smile; "she sneered her contempt"

SNEER is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: leer
 See Also: contempt, evince, express, scorn, show, smile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sneer\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sneered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Sneering}.] [OE. sneren, Dan. sn?rre to snarl or grin (like
    a dog); cf. Prov. E. sneer to grin, sner to snort, snert to
    sneer at. See {Snore}, v. i.]
    1. To show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a
       particular facial expression.
    2. To inssinuate contempt by a covert expression; to speak
             I could be content to be a little sneared at.
    3. To show mirth awkwardly. [R.] --Tatler.
    Syn: To scoff; gibe; jeer.
    Usage: {Sneer}, {Scoff}, {Jeer}. The verb to sneer implies to
           cast contempt indirectly or by covert expressions. To
           jeer is stronger, and denotes the use of several
           sarcastic reflections. To scoff is stronger still,
           implying the use of insolent mockery and derision.
                 And sneers as learnedly as they, Like females
                 o'er their morning tea.           --Swift.
                 Midas, exposed to all their jeers, Had lost his
                 art, and kept his ears.           --Swift.
                 The fop, with learning at defiance, Scoffs at
                 the pedant and science.           --Gay.
  2. \Sneer\, v. t.
    1. To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to
       utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer
       fulsome lies at a person. --Congreve.
             ``A ship of fools,'' he sneered.      --Tennyson.
    2. To treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers.
             Nor sneered nor bribed from virtue into shame.
  3. \Sneer\, n.
    1. The act of sneering.
    2. A smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of
       contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of
       contempt. ''Who can refute a sneer?'' --Raley.