What does sneer mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneer, leer(noun)

    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls

  2. sneer(verb)

    a contemptuous or scornful remark

  3. sneer(verb)

    express through a scornful smile

    "she sneered her contempt"

  4. sneer(verb)

    smile contemptuously

    "she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano"


  1. sneer(Noun)

    A facial expression where one slightly raises one corner of the upper lip, generally indicating scorn.

  2. sneer(Noun)

    A display of contempt; scorn

  3. sneer(Verb)

    To raise a corner of the upper lip slightly, especially in scorn

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sneer(verb)

    to show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression

  2. Sneer(verb)

    to inssinuate contempt by a covert expression; to speak derisively

  3. Sneer(verb)

    to show mirth awkwardly

  4. Sneer(verb)

    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. Sneer(verb)

    to treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers

  6. Sneer(noun)

    the act of sneering

  7. Sneer(noun)

    a smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of contempt


  1. Sneer

    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

  1. Sneer

    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

  1. sneer

    To "make all sneer again" is to carry canvas to such an extent as to strain the ropes and spars to the utmost.

Anagrams for sneer »

  1. ernes, Resen

  2. Ernes

  3. Resen

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sneer in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sneer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sneer in a Sentence

  1. Joe Keenan:

    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.

  2. Charles Hendrickson Brower:

    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.

  3. Vachel Lindsay:

    Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil.

  4. Charles Kingsley:

    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.

  5. Louis Auchincloss:

    Only little boys and old men sneer at love.

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