Etymology
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sneer (v.)

1550s, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from North Frisian sneere "to scorn," related to Old English fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (compare Danish snærre "to grin like a dog," Middle Dutch, Middle High German snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1670s; sense of "to curl the upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. Related: Sneered; sneering. Sneer word is in E. Digby Baltzell (1987).

sneer (n.)

1707, from sneer (v.).

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Definitions of sneer
1
sneer (v.)
express through a scornful smile;
she sneered her contempt
sneer (v.)
smile contemptuously;
she sneered at her little sister's efforts to play the song on the piano
2
sneer (n.)
a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls;
Synonyms: leer
sneer (n.)
a contemptuous or scornful remark;
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