fleer

1 [fleer]
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; Middle English flerien (v.) < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flire a grin

fleeringly, adverb
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fleer

2 [flee-er]
noun
a person who flees.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English; see flee, -er1

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flee1 (fliː)
 
vb , flees, fleeing, fled
1.  to run away from (a place, danger, etc); fly: to flee the country
2.  (intr) to run or move quickly; rush; speed: she fled to the door
 
[Old English flēon; related to Old Frisian fliā, Old High German fliohan, Gothic thliuhan]
 
'fleer1
 
n

fleer (flɪə)
 
vb
1.  to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
 
n
2.  a derisory glance or grin
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flire to snigger]
 
'fleeringly
 
adv

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fleer
c.1400, perhaps from Scand. (cf. dial. Norw. flira, dial. Dan. flire "to grin, titter").
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Example sentences
Fleer on our country's political stage is stronger than ever.
This left fleer with no product in either baseball or football.
Since this was so far in the future, fleer declined the proposal.
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