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"You have found a new business, I see," he said, with a sneer.

She had completed the verse with the hint of a sneer in her tones.

And sneer'd at just fraternity, and the equal rights of man.

He made an effort to shake off the feeling, and spoke with a sneer.

You ought not thus to sneer at physic, and make me lose my precious time.

He tapped his breast-pocket with a sneer of bucolic triumph.

There was a sneer on the monster as he pressed something on the tube.

"'Touch him,'" murmured Mrs. Belknap-Jackson with an able sneer.

"You are changing, in fact," replied the other with a sneer.

Haunted his lips in a sneer of restless, incredulous mocking.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "to snort" (of horses), perhaps from North Frisian sneere "to scorn," related to Old English fnæran "to snort, gnash one's teeth," of imitative origin (cf. Danish snærre "to grin like a dog," Middle Dutch, Middle High German snarren "to rattle"). Meaning "to smile contemptuously" is from 1670s; sense of "to curl the upper lip in scorn" is attested from 1775. Related: Sneered; sneering. Sneer word is in E. Digby Baltzell (1987).

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