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Definition of Sneer


  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 derisively.
  3. To show mirth awkwardly.
  4. To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer fulsome lies at a person.
  5. To treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers.
  6. The act of sneering.
  7. A smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of contempt.

Sneer Quotations

The world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again.
Charles Kingsley

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.

What looks like enjoyment is the sneer of contempt. That's not a smile.
Jack Kevorkian

The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
William Hazlitt

Who can refute a sneer?
William Paley
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Sneer Translations

sneer in Dutch is grijnslachen, spotlachen, ginnegappen
sneer in French is ricaner