sneer

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

express contempt

Check Icon How to Memorize

sneer - taunt

Check Icon Analysis

When you ‘sneer’, you speak, write, or make an expression that displays your scorn for somebody or something. It is a mean-spirited, arrogant, and mocking action that is highly dismissive and can cause great offence. For that reason, it is always used in a negative context.

ExamsSpokenOther
Synonyms scorn
Antonyms lionize

Check Icon Example(s)

  1. Kate likes to sneer at other people's suggestions, but she rarely offers anything constructive herself. Her cynicism does her no favours.

  2. The journalist did not conduct an impartial interview with that politician. Her sneering tone throughout displayed her obvious contempt and a lack of professionalism.

  3. I could see Paul sneering at my new suit because it wasn’t tailor-made. He’s such an insufferable snob!

Related Links