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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for jeer
Historical Examples
  • There was no lack of material; boys happened along every little while; they came to jeer, but remained to whitewash.

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We passed four men, and their greeting was maddening in its jeer.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He liked to punish him, having suddenly perceived that this jeer was much more potent than any serious penalty.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • Mayhap, then, you'll come on deck and tell these merry men as much, for they do only jeer at me.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • At sight of them the Pawnees began to shout and jeer, and it was evident that the captives were in considerable peril of violence.

    White Otter Elmer Russell Gregor
  • As we approached the soldiers, they began to jeer at us in a most insolent manner.

  • Many of my old friends will jeer when they find I have come home worse off than when I left.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • But he was not the kind of scarecrow they would have dared to jeer at openly.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Had Eva's aversion to the countess been justified, and was she about to take advantage of her unpleasant position to jeer at her?

  • If you liked, I could go over to the fountain and begin to jeer at their women folk.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
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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