Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


"A sneak always lies well," he replied, as he sneered at Lanning.

How could there be any hope of a boy who sneered at his mother?

Cassidy sneered, outraged by such impudence on the part of an ex-convict.

"That's what the Public are up against in this game," sneered the backer of Lucretia.

At which he sneered, and said that was a bull and a blunder, but no wonder, as I was an Irishman.

When she had sneered her sneeriest, then she said, "Turn him out bound!"

"But we're all prigs," Gilbert said once in reply to some one who sneered at Roger.

But Chouteau sneered and jeered at him; what did he care whether he reported him or not!

"They ought to take them in out of the rain," sneered Chouteau.

The Boches and the Poissons also sneered with an extraordinary display and outlay of grief.


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).