1. A scornful facial expression characterized by a slight raising of one corner of the upper lip.
2. A scornful tone or statement.
v. sneered, sneer·ing, sneers
1. To assume a scornful or derisive facial expression.
2. To speak in a scornful or derisive manner.
To utter with a sneer or in a sneering manner.
[From Middle English sneren, to mock, alteration of Old English fnǣran, to breathe heavily; see pneu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
sneerful, sneery adj.
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