From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsneersneer1 /snɪə $ snɪr/ verb [intransitive, transitive] 🔊 🔊 MAKE FUN OFSMILEto smile or speak in a very unkind way that shows you have no respect for someone or something 🔊 ‘Is that your best outfit?’ he sneered.sneer at 🔊 She sneered at Tom’s musical tastes. —sneering adjective 🔊 a sneering tone —sneeringly adverb→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
sneer• "I wouldn't be seen in public wearing that, " Janina sneered.• As she read the letter, she started to sneer.• Instead of helping, they just sat and sneered.• Camelssneered and lurched to their feet, crocodilesyawned like man-traps.• Hillary Clinton sneered at a llama that some one brought to a rally in Pennsylvania.• He wanted to prove something to the critics who had sneered at his paintings.• It is easy to sneer at the credulous pilgrims.• She'd not forgotten how Gareth had laughed and sneered at them when they'd first tried to be friendly.• He had shined on innumerablelessons, sneered at too many ideas, turned thumbs-down on the mind.• So many years a teacher, you know it all! she sneered, feeling her face twistgrey and cold.• Some clients would sneer or smile sarcastically when I showed them my old laptop -- until they saw what it could do.sneer at• How can you sneer atvegetarians when you're wearing a leatherjacket?sneersneer2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 MAKE FUN OFSMILEan unkind smile or remark that shows you have no respect for something or someone 🔊 ‘You probably wouldn’t understand, ’ he said with a sneer.