sneer synonyms

Here's a list of possible synonyms and antonyms for the term sneer:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sneer, leernoun

    a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls

    leer, sneer

  2. sneerverb

    a contemptuous or scornful remark


  3. sneerverb

    express through a scornful smile

  4. sneerverb

    smile contemptuously

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sneer

    A sneer may be simply a contemptuous facial contortion, or it may be some brief satirical utterance that throws a contemptuous side-light on what it attacks without attempting to prove or disprove; a depreciatory implication may be given in a sneer such as could only be answered by elaborate argument or proof, which would seem to give the attack undue importance:

    Who can refute a sneer?

    Paley Moral Philosophy bk. v, ch. ix.

    A fling is careless and commonly pettish; a taunt is intentionally insulting and provoking; the sneer is supercilious; the taunt is defiant. The jeer and gibe are uttered; the gibe is bitter, and often sly or covert; the jeer is rude and open. A scoff may be in act or word, and is commonly directed against that which claims honor, reverence, or worship. Compare BANTER.

    fling, gibe, jeer, mock, scoff, taunt

    Only an essentially vicious mind is capable of a sneer at virtue.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sneerverb

    scoff, gibe, jeer, flout, mock, fleer, rail, turn up the nose

  2. sneernoun

    scoff, jeer, jibe, fling