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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
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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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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