sneer




If your smile is contorted with contempt or your upper lip curled with distaste and disdain, you’re probably sneering. And you should stop, because it isn’t nice.

Many things can elicit a sneer: a terrible red carpet outfit, a disgusting plate of food, a stupid joke told for the third time. But sneers aren’t just meant to show disgust. They’re mean-spirited, mocking and often downright snooty. So now that you know the definition of sneer inside and out, resist the temptation to sneer at those who don’t!

Definitions of sneer
  1. noun

    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls

    synonyms:
    leer
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    type of:

    contempt, scorn

    open disrespect for a person or thing

  2. noun

    a contemptuous or scornful remark

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    type of:

    contempt, scorn

    open disrespect for a person or thing

  3. verb

    express through a scornful smile

    “she
    sneered her contempt”
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    type of:

    evince, express, show

    give expression to

  4. verb

    smile contemptuously

    “she
    sneered at her little sister’s efforts to play the song on the piano”
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    type of:

    smile

    change one’s facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure

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