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  • (UK) IPA(key): /snɪə̯/
  • (US) IPA(key): /snɪə̯ɹ/
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sneer (third-person singular simple present sneers, present participle sneering, simple past and past participle sneered)

  1. (intransitive) To raise a corner of the upper lip slightly, especially in scorn
  2. (transitive) To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to say sneeringly.
    to sneer fulsome lies at a person
    "Now here's someone who should attend privilege workshops," sneered she.



sneer (plural sneers)

  1. A facial expression where one slightly raises one corner of the upper lip, generally indicating scorn.
  2. A display of contempt; scorn.
    • 1963, C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins, 2nd Revised edition, page 24:
      And wordy attacks against slavery drew sneers from observers which were not altogether undeserved. The authors were compared to doctors who offered to a patient nothing more than invectives against the disease which consumed him.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 8, in The China Governess[1]:
      It was a casual sneer, obviously one of a long line. There was hatred behind it, but of a quiet, chronic type, nothing new or unduly virulent, and he was taken aback by the flicker of amazed incredulity that passed over the younger man's ravaged face.
    • 2019 July 24, David Austin Walsh, “Flirting With Fascism”, in Jewish Currents[2]:
      During [Tucker] Carlson’s keynote, he wedged sneers at his critics for crying “racist!” in between racist remarks about [Ilhan] Omar, jeremiads against the media (“I know there’s a bunch of reporters here, so . . . screw you”), and an attack on Elizabeth Warren and her donors (“She’s a tragedy, because she’s now obsessed with racism, which is why the finance world supports her”)—all to gleeful applause.


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sneer m (plural sneren or sneers, diminutive sneertje n)

  1. snide remark