a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls
a contemptuous or scornful remark
express through a scornful smile
"she sneered her contempt"
"she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"
A facial expression where one slightly raises one corner of the upper lip, generally indicating scorn.
A display of contempt; scorn
To raise a corner of the upper lip slightly, especially in scorn
to show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression
to inssinuate contempt by a covert expression; to speak derisively
to show mirth awkwardly
to utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer fulsome lies at a person
to treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers
the act of sneering
a smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of contempt
A sneer is 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 upper lip being retracted in such a manner that the canine tooth on one side of the face alone is shown" Darwin related the sneer to the snarl observed in non-human animals, particularly carnivores, observing that: It is suggested that the sneer is a universal expression of contempt and that Darwin was the first to observe this. Cats may be observed to sneer, though this is probably related to the Flehmen response.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
snēr, v.i. to show contempt by the expression of the face, as by turning up the nose: to insinuate contempt.—v.t. to utter sneeringly.—n. an indirect expression of contempt.—n. Sneer′er.—adj. Sneer′ing.—adv. Sneer′ingly. [Scand., Dan. snærre, to grin like a dog; cf. Snarl.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
To "make all sneer again" is to carry canvas to such an extent as to strain the ropes and spars to the utmost.
The numerical value of sneer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of sneer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of sneer in a Sentence
A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
I often think of Shelley's famous insightful sonnet "Ozymandias" that brilliantly depicts the inevitable fall of all foolishly arrogant leaders and their huge empires built in pretensions to their self-proclaimed greatness. Nature and Time always prevail and overtake ultimately, when nothing remains of those great empires or the arrogant leaders.....and only the lone and level sands stretch far away. Vanity, false pride and arrogance never win, in my view. Humility is the true key success. Here is that famous sonnet "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley, written in January 1818, nearly 200 years ago. "I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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.
There are, however, people in this world who seldom pick up a newspaper, people who, when watching television, sneer in displeasure and change channels at the first glimpse of an anchorperson. While such willfully uninformed citizens are rare, emerging from seclusion only to serve on juries in trials of great national significance, they do exist.
Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil.
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- somriure de menyspreu, somriure d'escarniCatalan, Valencian
- burlarse, burlaSpanish
- ivahymy, ivallisesti, irvistää, irvistysFinnish
- sogghigno, sogghignare, ghigno, ghignareItalian
- whakarāwai, whakahīhīMāori
- neus, optrekken, ophalen, deDutch
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