Definition of snide in English:

snide

adjective

  • 1Derogatory or mocking in an indirect way.

    ‘snide remarks about my mother’
    • ‘His concern was that the website was anonymous and there was the danger that people would queue up to make snide and nasty remarks.’
    • ‘She made snide remarks to the stewardesses and sneered at the little kid across the row.’
    • ‘I am sick to death of the snide remarks and comments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amanda makes snide remarks to Sharon about marrying her brother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sure there will be snide remarks aplenty about those 30th anniversary celebrations.’
    • ‘As for not playing while I was there, well, I could explain but this really isn't the time or place for snide remarks’
    • ‘One has to put up with snide remarks and comments.’
    • ‘There cannot be a greater injustice to our incoming President than making this kind of snide remarks.’
    • ‘When my mum wasn't in the room he would always say snide remarks, taunting me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may be regarded by their fellow pupils as arrogant and over-ambitious, and be subjected, possibly, to snide remarks and even bullying.’
    • ‘As I walked away, she made a snide remark about me to the others while I was still within earshot.’
    disparaging, derogatory, deprecating, deprecatory, denigratory, insulting, vituperative, disapproving, contemptuous
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  • 2North American (of a person) devious and underhand.

    ‘a snide divorce lawyer’
    • ‘His on-screen persona is generally snide and mean-spirited, and usually not very funny at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Danny crawled around behind the snide soldier keeping close to the floor and staying hidden as much as he possibly could.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’

noun

informal
  • An unpleasant or underhand person.

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

Origin

Mid 19th century (in snide (sense 3 of the adjective)): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

snide

/snʌɪd/