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Definition of "sneer" [sneer]

  • A scornful facial expression characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip. (noun)
  • A contemptuous facial expression, sound, or statement. (noun)
  • To utter with a sneer or in a sneering manner. (verb-transitive)
  • To assume a scornful, contemptuous, or derisive facial expression. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak in a scornful, contemptuous, or derisive manner. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sneer" in a sentence
  • "Make false accusations and sneer from the safety of the shadows?"
  • "The God of the Gaps sneer is invoked to imply the inexorability of materialism as a complete explanation in natural science."
  • "Sold 10 copies and received one sneer from a kid carrying a signed copy of Badrock/Wolverine."