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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
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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  • People entering or exiting were jeered and photographed.
  • When the mayor arrived to quell the crowds and order the arrest of the leaders, he was jeered and ridiculed.
  • Parents jeered the incoming students and the federal marshals who protected them.
  • All afternoon he was nt the mercy of the crowd, who jeered and ridiculed him at every turn.
British Dictionary definitions for jeered

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 jeered

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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