Definition of snide in English:



  • 1Derogatory or mocking in an indirect way:

    ‘snide remarks about my mother’
    • ‘When my mum wasn't in the room he would always say snide remarks, taunting me.’
    • ‘Amanda makes snide remarks to Sharon about marrying her brother.’
    • ‘His concern was that the website was anonymous and there was the danger that people would queue up to make snide and nasty remarks.’
    • ‘Then they sat at the side and spent the rest of the rehearsal making (what appeared from a distance to be) snide remarks.’
    • ‘He felt guilty for pushing her to her limits and sarcastically making his snide remarks.’
    • ‘As I walked away, she made a snide remark about me to the others while I was still within earshot.’
    • ‘As for not playing while I was there, well, I could explain but this really isn't the time or place for snide remarks’
    • ‘There cannot be a greater injustice to our incoming President than making this kind of snide remarks.’
    • ‘One has to put up with snide remarks and comments.’
    • ‘I am sick to death of the snide remarks and comments.’
    • ‘I go to the counter and give the cheque to a guy who definitely did not have enough sleep last night and was in a mood for nasty snide remarks and evil glares.’
    • ‘Some marched past him, giving him anything from a passing glance to a narrow eyed stare of contempt and a snide remark.’
    • ‘Sarah couldn't help but make the snide and sarcastic remark to him to show her hatred.’
    • ‘I'd make snide remarks to him, snub him, give him disparaging looks and he usually responded by ignoring my bad behavior and avoiding me.’
    • ‘So far, all the snide remarks made by the press and by other party politicians have been entirely without substance.’
    • ‘Sure there will be snide remarks aplenty about those 30th anniversary celebrations.’
    • ‘It disgusts me that one of the best songwriters of his generation is being treated as the butt of jokes and victim of snide remarks.’
    • ‘They may be regarded by their fellow pupils as arrogant and over-ambitious, and be subjected, possibly, to snide remarks and even bullying.’
    • ‘She made snide remarks to the stewardesses and sneered at the little kid across the row.’
    • ‘The four of us mocked the commercials and trailers resoundingly, and I made the odd snide remark to Ben that I heard my other companion laughing at.’
    disparaging, derogatory, deprecating, deprecatory, denigratory, insulting, vituperative, disapproving, contemptuous
    mocking, taunting, ridiculing, sneering, jeering, scoffing
    scornful, derisive, sarcastic, caustic, biting, bitchy, shrewish, spiteful, hurtful, nasty, mean
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  • 2North American (of a person) devious and underhand:

    ‘a snide divorce lawyer’
    • ‘I mean, I'm not beautiful, so why am I being so snide in my head about others?’
    • ‘He was snide too, bringing up how much of a hound Mitch was and how that might unhinge any woman's mind.’
    • ‘His on-screen persona is generally snide and mean-spirited, and usually not very funny at all.’
    • ‘In fact, the man had attempted to court her in college, but being the snide women she was, she denied him - until he struck gold in the stock markets.’
    • ‘Danny crawled around behind the snide soldier keeping close to the floor and staying hidden as much as he possibly could.’
    underhand, underhanded, deceitful, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, janus-faced, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
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  • 3British informal Counterfeit; inferior:

    ‘snide Rolex watches’


  • An unpleasant or underhand person:

    ‘he's not a snide, he's better than most’


Mid 19th century (in snide): of unknown origin.