Definitions of sneer

  1. a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
  2. express through a scornful smile; " she sneered her contempt"
  3. a contemptuous or scornful remark
  4. To show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression.
  5. To inssinuate contempt by a covert expression; to speak derisively.
  6. To show mirth awkwardly.
  7. To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer fulsome lies at a person.
  8. To treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers.
  9. The act of sneering.
  10. To show contempt by an expression of the face, as by curling the lips, etc.; to speak contemptuously or with ridicule. often followed by at; as, to sneer at religion.
  11. To utter in a scornful manner.
  12. Contempt or scorn shown in speech or manner; a scornful or contemptuous smile.
  13. Sneeringly.
  14. Sneerer.
  15. To show contempt by the expression of the face, as by turning up the nose: to insinuate contempt.
  16. An indirect expression of contempt.
  18. An expression of contempt or derision.
  19. To express or insinuate contempt.
  20. To utter with a sneer.
  21. A grimace of contempt; a contemptuous insinuation.
  22. A look of contempt, disdain, derision, or ridicule; an expression of contemptuous scorn.
  23. To show contempt by turning up the nose or by a particular cast of countenance; to insinuate contempt by a covert expression; to treat with contempt.
  24. To show contempt by turning up the nose; to sepak or utter with grimace.
  25. The manifesting of contempt by turning up the nose; a look of disdain or ridicule.

Usage examples for sneer

  1. " If you invite people's opinion," said she, " you've no right to sneer at them because they don't say what you wanted." – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  2. " It was very shrewd in you to mention at once the subject on which you wished to speak with me," said the emperor, with a slight sneer. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  3. " That is nothing to sneer at," remarked Lord Claud, speaking for the first time. – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green
  4. Will any one answer by a sneer, that all this is idle preaching? – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  5. " It will hardly do to depend upon that," said Mr. Die, with another sneer. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  6. Craggs obeyed, but not without a sneer at the direction. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  7. " There's Mrs. Biggs, you know," he said with a sneer. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  8. He's in big luck again, and can sneer in his high and mighty way at all of us. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  9. Why do we sneer at stockbrokers? – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
  10. Daisy's hand upon his banished the sneer. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell
  11. Ronicky turned on him with an ugly sneer. – Ronicky Doone by Max Brand
  12. There was a sneer on the face of the speaker which his companion did not fail to notice. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  13. No, Mrs. Van Buren, say what you like of me, but never again sneer at my brother Andy." – Ethelyn's Mistake by Mary Jane Holmes
  14. And yet, when we just remember beauty is beauty, and grace is grace, and kindness is kindness, although the beautiful, the graceful, and the amiable do get in a scrape, we don't know how it is, we confess it is a weakness, but, under these circumstances, we do not feel quite inclined to sneer. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  15. I came down, wrote a brief note to James, stating that after his base and lying sneer he could not expect to find me in the morning still with him, and telling him I had left him for ever. – The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford by Mark Rutherford
  16. " I thought as much," said Burnett, with a sneer. – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  17. She was, however, more than half concealed by a large orange tree which stood in a high square box beside the window; but her head was bent forward to look into the room, and a sneer of such very singular expression rested on her lip and in her eye as she looked at her father and Fanny, who were still standing close together, that Helen remained perfectly still, staring at her. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  18. She said it with a kind of sneer. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  19. " I think I am paying rather dear for my whistle," he said, with a characteristic sneer, to Captain Carter, the commander of the troop. – The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss