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[jeer] /dʒɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely:
Don't jeer unless you can do better.
verb (used with object)
2.
to shout derisively at; taunt.
3.
to treat with scoffs or derision; mock.
4.
to drive away by derisive shouts (followed by out of, off, etc.):
They jeered the speaker off the stage.
noun
5.
a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.
Origin of jeer1
1555-1565
1555-65; origin uncertain; compare Old English cēir clamor, akin to cēgan to call out
Related forms
jeerer, noun
jeeringly, adverb
unjeered, adjective
unjeering, adjective
Synonyms
1. sneer; jest. See scoff1 . 2, 3. deride, ridicule, flout, fleer.
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  • I am far from jeering; it's simply that I'm sick of talking like this.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • But somehow Steve's jeering remarks had stirred Bandy-legs' pride.

  • We went back over the same road we came, and had again to run the gauntlet of insulting and jeering mobs.

    Capturing a Locomotive William Pittenger
  • She is walking through the mocking and jeering crowd, but see!

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • He was a fault-finding fellow, and went about jeering at most men.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for jeering

jeer

/dʒɪə/
verb
1.
(often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
noun
2.
a remark or cry of derision; gibe; taunt
Derived Forms
jeerer, noun
jeering, adjective, noun
jeeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jeering

jeer

v.

1550s, gyr, "to deride, to mock," of uncertain origin; perhaps from Dutch gieren "to cry or roar," or German scheren "to plague, vex," literally "to shear." OED finds the suggestion that it is an ironical use of cheer "plausible and phonetically feasible, ... but ... beyond existing evidence." Related: Jeered; jeering.

n.

1620s, from jeer (v.).

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