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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 ?
But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton, who did all the hard work, while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it.
They appreciated or sneered at the morning editorials, jumped from labor conditions in New Zealand to Henry James and Brander Matthews, passed on to the German designs in the Far East and the economic aspect of the Yellow Peril, wrangled over the German elections and Bebel's last speech, and settled down to local politics, the latest plans and scandals in the union labor party administration, and the wires that were pulled to bring about the Coast Seamen's strike.
The logical plausibility of it, that made an appeal to his intellect, seemed missed by Kreis and Hamilton, who sneered at Norton as a metaphysician, and who, in turn, sneered back at them as metaphysicians.
Especially the man with spectacles, who had sneered at all the company in turn, now twisted his visage into such an expression of ill-natured mirth, that Matthew asked him, rather peevishly, what he himself meant to do with the Great Carbuncle.
And he sneered at my failing for religion, and at my going to prayer- meeting, and, most of all, at my sugar-planting.
He had forgotten now that he had ever sneered at marriage.
The judge also told Asif he had sneered at one of the defendants when they threatened him with trading reports - telling the customer "they could not touch him".
7 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday sneered at the Congress party for calling NaMo as 'No Agriculture Mal-governance Only' and said that the latter is not witty enough to come up with a meaning for NaMo.
The ones who once sneered at TV clean-up campaigner Mary Whitehouse.
The Chelsea boss sneered at the Frenchman's record at Arsenal when asked about Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini's failure to clinch a trophy last term.
The person next to me sneered that I was going to get her sick.
Sneering: The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has openly sneered at an Iranian attack on its analytical work.