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verb [intransitive/transitive] sneer pronunciation in British English /snɪə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesneering
past tensesneered
past participlesneered

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  1. to speak in an unpleasant way that shows you do not respect someone or something and you think you are better than them

    Purple socks?’ he sneered.

    sneer at:

    He’s always sneering at the way people dress.

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