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SNEER, verb intransitive [from the root of Latin naris, nose; to turn up the nose.]

1. To show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular cast or countenance; 'naso suspendere adunco.'

2. To insinuate contempt by covert expression. I could be content to be a little sneered at.

3. To utter with grimace.

4. To show mirth awkwardly.

SNEER, noun

1. A look of contempt, or a turning up of the nose to manifest contempt; a look of disdain, derision or ridicule.

2. An expression of ludicrous scorn.