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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps copying the action

sneer

1 verb
     
sneer1 [intransitive and transitive]
to 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

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