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sneer

noun

  1. (leer)  a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
    Synonyms: leer. Type of: contempt
  2. (contemptuous, scornful remark)  a contemptuous or scornful remark
    Type of: contempt

verb

  1. (express)  to express through a scornful smile
    Type of: express
  2. (smile)  to smile contemptuously
    Type of: smile

Etymology summary

"to snort" (of horses), perhaps from N.Frisian sneere "to scorn", related to Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Sneer | curling the lip | turning up the nose

a facial expression of scorn or disgust characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip, known also as curling the lip or turning up the nose. In The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, Charles Darwin defined a "sneer" as "the ... (46 of 1057 words, 1 image)

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Wiktionary:

sneer | sneers [plural] | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle] | scorn [synonym, sense-specific]

[intransitive] To raise a corner of the upper lip slightly, especially in scorn | [transitive] To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to say sneeringly. | A facial expression where one slightly raises one corner of the upper lip, generally... (39 of 67 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

sneer | sneerer [noun, derived]

a facial expression of scorn or contempt, typically with the upper lip curled | a scornful or contemptuous remark or utterance | [intransitive] to ... (22 of 493 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

sneer [entry 1, verb] | laugh [synonym, sense-specific] | smile [synonym, sense-specific] | snicker [synonym, sense-specific] | snigger [synonym, sense-specific] | sniff [similar, sense-specific] | snort [similar, sense-specific] | catcall [similar, sense-specific] | deride [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to smile or laugh with facial contortions that express scorn or contempt | to speak or write in a scornfully jeering manner | to utter with a sneer (26 of 143 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sneer

sneer [entry 2, noun]

the act of sneering ; also, a sneering expression or remark (11 of 53 words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

sneer | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle] | sneers [3rd-person singular present] | sneerer [noun, related] | sneerful [adjective, related] | sneery [adjective, related] | sneeringly [adverb, related]

A scornful facial expression characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip. | A contemptuous facial expression, sound, or ... (22 of 88 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sneer | sneerer [derived] | sneeringly [derived]

a contemptuous or mocking smile, remark, or tone | smile or speak in a contemptuous or mocking manner (17 of 83 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sneer

New World Dictionary:

sneer | sneerer [noun, related] | sneeringly [adverb, related]

to smile derisively; show scorn or contempt as by curling the upper lip | to express derision, scorn, or contempt in speech or writing | to utter with ... (26 of 80 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sneer

Random House Dictionary:

sneer

to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt. | to speak or write in a manner expressive of derision or scorn. | to ... (28 of 78 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sneer

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sneer [intransitive/transitive] | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle] | sneers [3rd-person singular present] | sneeringly [adverb, related]

to speak in an unpleasant way that shows you do not respect someone or something and you think you are better than them (23 of 69 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sneer

sneer [countable, noun] | sneers [plural]

an unpleasant smile or comment that shows you do not respect someone or something (14 of 39 words, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

sneer [entry 1]

to talk about or look at someone or something in an unkind way that shows you do not respect or approve of them (23 of 62 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sneer 1

sneer [entry 2, disapproving]

an unkind expression on your face which shows you do not respect or approve of someone or something (18 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sneer 2

Encarta Dictionary:

sneer | sneers [plural] | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle]

a facial expression of scorn or hostility in which the upper lip may be raised | to feel or show scorn, contempt, or hostility, either in speech or ... (27 of 87 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709324​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sneer

First use: 1550s

Origin: "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from N.Frisian sneere "to scorn", related to Old English fn√¶ran "to snort, gnash one's teeth", of ... (22 of 66 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

sneer | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle] | sneers [3rd-person singular present]

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

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New World Dictionary:

sneer

Origin: Middle English sneren, akin to Frisian sneere, to scorn, Danish snaere, to grin like a dog: see "snarl"

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Collins Dictionary:

sneer

First use: 16th century

Origin: perhaps from Low Dutch; compare North Frisian sneere contempt

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sneer

Oxford Dictionary:

sneer

Origin: late Middle English: probably of imitative origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sneer

Merriam-Webster:

sneer [entry 1, verb]

First use: 1680

Origin: probably akin to Middle High German snerren to chatter, gossip

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

sneer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sneer"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sneer

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sneer [intransitive/transitive] | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle] | sneers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sneer"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sneer

sneer [countable, noun] | sneers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sneer"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

sneer [intransitive/transitive] | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle] | sneers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sneer"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sneer

sneer [countable, noun] | sneers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sneer"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

sneer [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sneer"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sneer"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sneer 1

the Free Dictionary:

sneer

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sneer"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sneer"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sneer" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/sneer

Google Dictionary:

sneer | sneers [plural] | sneered [past tense] | sneering [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "sneer"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sneer

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sneer"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sneer​001 word=sneer

YourDictionary Audio:

sneer

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sneer" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sneer

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