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sneer

 (snîr)
n.
1. A scornful facial expression characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip.
2. A scornful tone or statement.
v. sneered, sneer·ing, sneers
v.intr.
1. To assume a scornful or derisive facial expression.
2. To speak in a scornful or derisive manner.
v.tr.
To utter with a sneer or in a sneering manner.

[From Middle English sneren, to mock, alteration of Old English fnǣran, to breathe heavily; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]

sneer′er n.
sneer′ful, sneer′y adj.
sneer′ing·ly adv.

sneer

(snɪə)
n
1. a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled
2. a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance
vb
3. (intr) to assume a facial expression of scorn or contempt
4. to say or utter (something) in a scornful or contemptuous manner
[C16: perhaps from Low Dutch; compare North Frisian sneere contempt]
ˈsneerer n
ˈsneerful adj
ˈsneering adj, n
ˈsneeringly adv

sneer

(snɪər)

v.i.
1. to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt: sneering at someone's pretensions.
2. to speak or write in a manner expressive of derision or scorn.
v.t.
3. to utter or say in a sneering manner.
n.
4. a look of contempt.
5. a derisive or scornful utterance.
6. an act of sneering.
[1545–55; orig., to snort; compare Frisian (North) sneere snarl1]
sneer′er, n.
syn: See scoff1.

Sneer

 of butlers—Lipton, 1970.

sneer


Past participle: sneered
Gerund: sneering

Imperative
sneer
sneer
Present
I sneer
you sneer
he/she/it sneers
we sneer
you sneer
they sneer
Preterite
I sneered
you sneered
he/she/it sneered
we sneered
you sneered
they sneered
Present Continuous
I am sneering
you are sneering
he/she/it is sneering
we are sneering
you are sneering
they are sneering
Present Perfect
I have sneered
you have sneered
he/she/it has sneered
we have sneered
you have sneered
they have sneered
Past Continuous
I was sneering
you were sneering
he/she/it was sneering
we were sneering
you were sneering
they were sneering
Past Perfect
I had sneered
you had sneered
he/she/it had sneered
we had sneered
you had sneered
they had sneered
Future
I will sneer
you will sneer
he/she/it will sneer
we will sneer
you will sneer
they will sneer
Future Perfect
I will have sneered
you will have sneered
he/she/it will have sneered
we will have sneered
you will have sneered
they will have sneered
Future Continuous
I will be sneering
you will be sneering
he/she/it will be sneering
we will be sneering
you will be sneering
they will be sneering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sneering
you have been sneering
he/she/it has been sneering
we have been sneering
you have been sneering
they have been sneering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sneering
you will have been sneering
he/she/it will have been sneering
we will have been sneering
you will have been sneering
they will have been sneering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sneering
you had been sneering
he/she/it had been sneering
we had been sneering
you had been sneering
they had been sneering
Conditional
I would sneer
you would sneer
he/she/it would sneer
we would sneer
you would sneer
they would sneer
Past Conditional
I would have sneered
you would have sneered
he/she/it would have sneered
we would have sneered
you would have sneered
they would have sneered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sneer - a facial expression of contempt or scornsneer - a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
scorn, contempt - open disrespect for a person or thing
2.sneer - a contemptuous or scornful remark
scorn, contempt - open disrespect for a person or thing
Verb1.sneer - express through a scornful smile; "she sneered her contempt"
sneer - smile contemptuously; "she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"
evince, express, show - give expression to; "She showed her disappointment"
2.sneer - smile contemptuously; "she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"
smile - change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure
sneer - express through a scornful smile; "she sneered her contempt"

sneer

verb
1. scorn, mock, ridicule, laugh, jeer, disdain, scoff, deride, look down on, snigger, sniff at, gibe, hold in contempt, hold up to ridicule, turn up your nose (informal) There is too great a readiness to sneer at anything they do.
2. say contemptuously, snigger `I wonder what you people do with your lives,' he sneered.
noun
1. scorn, ridicule, mockery, derision, jeer, disdain, snigger, gibe, snidery Best-selling authors may have to face the sneers of the literati.
2. contemptuous smile, snigger, curl of the lip His mouth twisted in a contemptous sneer.
Quotations
"Who can refute a sneer?" [Revd. William Paley Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy]
"Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,"
"And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer" [Alexander Pope Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot]

sneer

noun
A facial expression or laugh conveying scorn or derision:
verb
To smile or laugh scornfully or derisively:
Idiom: curl one's lip.
Translations
سُخْرِيَه، هُزْء، تَهَكُّميَتَهَكَّم علىيَقولُ هازِئايَهْزأ، يَسْخَر
pohrdavě se usmívatpošklebekposměchříci pohrdlivěvysmívat se
hånhånele hånligtvrænge
ivatanaureskella
gúnyos mosolygúnyosan megjegyezgúnyosan mosolyog
fitja upp á trÿniîhæîast aî; setja upp fyrirlitningarsviphæînissvipur; háîsglósasegja meî fyrirlitningu
nusišieptipašiepimassuniekinti
apnicinātnicinājumsnonicinātteikt ar nicinājumuvīpsna
pohŕdavo sa usmievaťpovedať pohŕdavo
posmehovati seroganje
alaycı sözdudak bükerek alaycı alaycı gülmekdudak bükmedudak bükmekküçümsemek

sneer

[snɪəʳ]
A. N (= expression) → cara f de desprecio; (= remark) → comentario m desdeñoso
he said with a sneerdijo con desprecio
the book is full of sneers aboutel libro se mofa constantemente de ...
B. VIhablar con desprecio, hablar con desdén
to sneer at sb/sth (= laugh) → mofarse de algn/algo; (= scorn) → despreciar a algn/algo

sneer

[ˈsnɪər]
nricanement m
viricaner, sourire d'un air sarcastique
to sneer at sb/sth → se moquer de qn/qch avec mépris

sneer

n (= expression)spöttisches or höhnisches Lächeln; (= remark)spöttische or höhnische Bemerkung
vispotten; (= look sneering)spöttisch or höhnisch grinsen; adolescents often sneer at what they cannot understandJugendliche spotten oft über das, was sie nicht verstehen können; to sneer at somebodyjdn verhöhnen; (facially also) → jdn auslachen

sneer

[snɪəʳ]
1. n (expression) → sogghigno, ghigno; (remark) → commento sarcastico
2. visogghignare
to sneer at sb/sth → farsi beffe di qn/qc

sneer

(sniə) verb
1. to raise the top lip at one side in a kind of smile that expresses scorn. What are you sneering for?
2. (with at) to show contempt for (something) by such an expression or by scornful words etc. He sneered at our attempts to improve the situation.
3. to say with contempt. `You haven't a chance of getting that job,' he sneered.
noun
a scornful expression, words etc that express contempt.
References in classic literature ?
asked Magua; manifesting, at the same time, how little faith he had in the other's resolution by the sneer that accompanied his words.
And, without all the deeper trust in a comprehensive sympathy above us, we might hence be led to suspect the insult of a sneer, as well as an immitigable frown, on the iron countenance of fate.
Such a spiritual sneer might have conceived, that, after sustaining the gaze of the multitude through several miserable years as a necessity, a penance, and something which it was a stern religion to endure, she now, for one last time more, encountered it freely and voluntarily, in order to convert what had so long been agony into a kind of triumph.
Well, there's no track or trace of it yet; so the town is beginning to sneer and gossip and laugh.
A sneer, however, whether covert or open, had now no longer that power over me it once possessed: as I sat between my cousins, I was surprised to find how easy I felt under the total neglect of the one and the semi-sarcastic attentions of the other--Eliza did not mortify, nor Georgiana ruffle me.
he interrupted, with an almost diabolical sneer on his face.
we became particularly hot upon some boorish sneer of Drummle's, to the effect that we were too free with our money.
I suppose you would hardly ask me to call you a humane man," returned the doctor with a sneer, "and so my feelings may surprise you, Master Silver.
A chance phrase that he had heard at the theatre, a whispered sneer that had reached his ears one night as he waited at the stage-door, had set loose a train of horrible thoughts.
A species of demon showed her with a sneer her old-fashioned luxury.
Korak saw that he was nervous and afraid, and his lip curled in a sneer of contempt.
You forget,' returned Dick, with something like a sneer,