Definition of sneer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sneer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//snɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//snɪr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sneer
BrE BrE//snɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//snɪr//
 
he / she / it sneers
BrE BrE//snɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//snɪrz//
 
past simple sneered
BrE BrE//snɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//snɪrd//
 
past participle sneered
BrE BrE//snɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//snɪrd//
 
-ing form sneering
BrE BrE//ˈsnɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɪrɪŋ//
 
Facial expressions
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to show that you have no respect for somebody by the expression on your face or by the way you speak synonym mock sneer (at somebody/something) He sneered at people who liked pop music. a sneering comment She gave a sneering laugh. + speech ‘You? A writer?’ she sneered. Wordfinderbeam, expression, frown, grimace, grin, leer, scowl, smirk, sneer, wince See related entries: Facial expressions Word Origin late Middle English: probably of imitative origin.
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