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fleer1

[fleer] /flɪər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to grin or laugh coarsely or mockingly.
verb (used with object)
2.
to mock or deride.
noun
3.
a fleering look; a jeer or gibe.
Origin of fleer1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English flerien (v.) < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flire a grin
Related forms
fleeringly, adverb

fleer2

[flee-er] /ˈfli ər/
noun
1.
a person who flees.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English; see flee, -er1
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  • Julia turned at the fleer and flung a glance of acute anger at her friend.

  • For, fleer as aliens would, this was the Awakening of the Red Dragon.

    Mushroom Town Oliver Onions
  • To flewer or fleer is to smile in that grinning manner which shows all the teeth.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • And thereat they did laugh, and fleer, and shout, and there was flashing of tankards and jingling of cups all down the hall.

  • "It is more than men are" she said, fired, as women always are, by a fleer at the sex.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • He is rather inclined to fleer at any pretension to American club life of earlier date.

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • Perhaps there was some truth in Betty's fleer, of her never having known any better company than that of the village apothecary.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • The ae moment she steed newsin wi' her mistress i' the kitchie, and the neist she was in a heap upo' the fleer o' 't!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • And cannot I likewise, when time serves, and company is disposed to be kindly affected with it, smile and fleer as takingly?

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • However, she brandished her divining brush with the rest, and cut in now and then to keep the fleer with the untiring Nozilwane.

    Curiosities of Superstition W. H. Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for fleer

fleer

/flɪə/
verb
1.
to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
noun
2.
a derisory glance or grin
Derived Forms
fleeringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flire to snigger
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Word Origin and History for fleer
v.

c.1400, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian flira, dialectal Danish flire "to grin, titter"). Related: Fleered; fleering.

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