V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to express contempt for something; 2. to smile with contempt

Synonyms: grimace, smirk, scoff, disdain, jeer, snicker

Antonyms: smile (kindly), approve

Tips: The word sneer can also be used as a noun to denote an expression of scorn or contempt. When you curl your upper lip with disapproval or scorn, you sneer with contempt. A tone-of-voice or remark described as sneering is disapproving or contemptuous.

Usage Examples:

You may sneer at his writing style, but his last novel was a best seller. (smirk, scoff)

I know my snooty aunt will probably sneer at my humble apartment, but I'm proud of my little home. (scoff, disdain)

He cast a sneering look at the unappetizing food in front of him. (disapproving, scornful) adjective

"Why are you so late?" she asked with a sneer. (grimace, look of disapproval) noun

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