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[jeer] /dʒɪər/
verb (used without object)
to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely:
Don't jeer unless you can do better.
verb (used with object)
to shout derisively at; taunt.
to treat with scoffs or derision; mock.
to drive away by derisive shouts (followed by out of, off, etc.):
They jeered the speaker off the stage.
a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.
Origin of jeer1
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
1. sneer; jest. See scoff1 . 2, 3. deride, ridicule, flout, fleer.


[jeer] /dʒɪər/
noun, Often, jeers, Nautical
any of various combinations of tackles for raising or lowering heavy yards.
1485-95; jee + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jeer
  • Fans greeted him with boos and continued to jeer as he spoke, and some made a thumbs-down gesture.
  • One or two students inevitably jeer.
  • The two decide to teach each other the appropriate sound to make, and persevere even when the other animals jeer at them.
  • I'm not sure whether or not to cheer or jeer at this one.
  • His friends jeer in Hausa, the local language, until he comes clean.
  • That jeer is tossed across the Atlantic pretty frequently.
  • Contempt causes us to jeer rather than speak, to poke at rather than touch.
  • In 1855, he declined to accept an honorary degree from Oxford, suspecting that the students would jeer him.
  • They applaud precision and jeer missed spots.
  • However, a stadium offers more opportunities for any displeased fans to jeer.
British Dictionary definitions for jeer


(often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
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 jeer

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.


1620s, from jeer (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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