Synonyms for sneer

Grammar : Verb
Spell : sneer
Phonetic Transcription : snɪər

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Définition of sneer

Origin :
  • 1550s, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from North Frisian sneere "to scorn," related to Old English fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (cf. Danish snærre "to grin like a dog," Middle Dutch, Middle High German snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1670s; sense of "to curl the upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. Related: Sneered; sneering. Sneer word is in E. Digby Baltzell (1987).
  • verb mock, condemn
Example sentences :
  • "You have found a new business, I see," he said, with a sneer.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • She had completed the verse with the hint of a sneer in her tones.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • And sneer'd at just fraternity, and the equal rights of man.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • He made an effort to shake off the feeling, and spoke with a sneer.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • You ought not thus to sneer at physic, and make me lose my precious time.
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire
  • He tapped his breast-pocket with a sneer of bucolic triumph.
  • Extract from : « The Fortune Hunter » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • There was a sneer on the monster as he pressed something on the tube.
  • Extract from : « Slaves of Mercury » by Nat Schachner
  • "'Touch him,'" murmured Mrs. Belknap-Jackson with an able sneer.
  • Extract from : « Ruggles of Red Gap » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • "You are changing, in fact," replied the other with a sneer.
  • Extract from : « The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893 » by Various
  • Haunted his lips in a sneer of restless, incredulous mocking.
  • Extract from : « Poems » by William D. Howells

Antonyms for sneer

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