Adjective "Sneering" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A contemptuous or mocking smile, remark, or tone.
  1. 'She got sneers, insults, and hateful looks all day, not to mention suggestive ones from the male population, but she had just ignored them.'
  2. 'She explains, still gracious though with a slight sneer to her smiling nature this time.'
  3. 'His bitter frown transformed itself into a sneer and then a contemptuous smile.'
  4. 'But the air was just as thick with the old sneers and jeers.'
  5. 'And the smile soon subsided to a slight sneer, as if she had seen that look in a million men's eyes before.'
  6. 'The woman strode past him with a disdainful sneer and entering the temple, glanced about.'
  7. 'I was instantly flanked by two guards with a countenance of half sneers, half smiles on their faces.'
  8. 'Then his mouth twisted into something that was a mixture of a sneer and a smile.'
  9. 'Most of the time he fell back on cold disdainful looks and mocking sneers, which were working out pretty well.'
  10. 'And so I thought that the massive sneer with which his remarks were greeted was unjustified.'


Smile or speak in a contemptuous or mocking manner.
  1. with direct speech '‘I see you're conservative in your ways,’ David sneered'
  2. 'She spent most of the time sneering down her nose at people.'
  3. 'Thus it's easier to regain the high ground by laughing or sneering, or complaining about art getting in the way of commuters.'
  4. 'He looked round at me and I swear to this day he sneered at me.'
  5. 'Far better that he languishes forgotten, which would punish him, rather than give him attention by sneering at him.'
  6. 'We asked their staff to buy the paper and they sneered in my face.'
  7. 'Surely the whole event reeked of the political correctness that you've made a fortune from sneering at?'
  8. 'He was contemptuous and sneering in pointing out that we were in the wrong carriage.'
  9. 'Their efforts will deserve credit, not sneering from the sidelines.'
  10. 'They have long sneered at the US laws on internet gaming, arguing they were unenforce-able.'
  11. 'He sneered and shared a conspiratorial wink with someone over my shoulder.'

More definitions

1. to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt: They sneered at his pretensions.

2. to speak or write in a manner expressive of derision or scorn. verb (used with object)

3. to utter or say in a sneering manner. noun

4. a look or expression of derision, scorn, or contempt.

5. a derisive or scornful utterance, especially one more or less covert or insinuative.

6. an act of sneering.

More examples(as adjective)

"tones can be sneering."

"voices can be sneering."

"people can be sneering."

"laughs can be sneering."

"words can be sneering."

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(sneer)Late Middle English: probably of imitative origin.