One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I spent a lot of time watching daytime television with a sneer on my face’
curl of one's lip, curl of the lip, disparaging smile, contemptuous smile, smug smile, conceited smile, cruel smile, mirthless smile, smirk, snicker, snigger
2‘I was oblivious to the sneers of others’
jibe, barb, jeer, taunt, insult, cutting remark, slight, affront, slur, insinuation
scorn, scoffing, contempt, disdain, mockery, ridicule, derision
1‘he looked me right in the face and sneered’
curl one's lip, smile disparagingly, smile contemptuously, smile smugly, smile conceitedly, smile cruelly, smile mirthlessly, smirk, snicker, snigger
2‘it is easy to sneer at the credulous pilgrims’
scoff at, scorn, be contemptuous of, treat with contempt, hold in contempt, disdain, mock, jeer at, gibe at, ridicule, deride, taunt, insult, make cutting remarks about, slight, affront
North American slur
North American informal jive
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