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"sneer" in British English

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sneerverb [I or T]

uk   /snɪər/  us   /snɪr/
to ​talk about or ​look at someone or something in an ​unkind way that ​shows you do not ​respect or ​approve of him, her, or it: You may sneer, but a lot of ​people like this ​kind of ​music. She'll ​probably sneer at my new ​shoes because they're not ​expensive. [+ speech] "Is that the ​best you can do?" he sneered.

sneernoun [C]

uk   /snɪər/  us   /snɪr/ disapproving
(Definition of sneer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sneerverb [I/T]

 us   /snɪər/
to show in an ​expression on ​yourface or in ​yourmanner of ​speaking that someone or something is so ​foolish that it ​deserves to be ridiculed: [I] You may sneer (at it), but a lot of ​people like this ​kind of ​music.
sneer
noun [C]  us   /snɪr/
"Is that the ​best you can do?" he ​asked with a sneer.
(Definition of sneer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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