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English definition of “sneer”

sneer

noun [C]     /snɪər/ US  /snɪr/ disapproving
an unkind expression on your face that shows you do not respect or approve of someone or something: "How much did you say you earned last year ?" she said with a sneer.Grimacing and frowning
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