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Meaning of sneer

sneer

Pronunciation: (snēr), [key]
— v.i.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to utter or say in a sneering manner.
—n.
  1. a look or expression of derision, scorn, or contempt.
  2. a derisive or scornful utterance, esp. one more or less covert or insinuative.
  3. an act of sneering.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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