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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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jeering
  • Then a sozzled client drags him away jeering that he always steals the booze.
  • But politics is supposed to be about more than cheering your team and jeering the other side.
  • As they left the courthouse without speaking to reporters, they walked silently past a crowd of jeering protesters.
  • Whistling and jeering soon erupted, especially from the anti-Wagnerites.
  • But after a few such gatherings, the jeering started.
  • Since the characters are kids of the streets, their speech is curt and jeering.
  • As they left the courthouse, they walked silently past a crowd of jeering protesters.
  • When the parade began only a handful of workers were in it, while hundreds of people stood on the sidewalk jeering at them.
  • It is uncontested that the officers acted courteously and told members of the crowd to stop jeering at the players.
  • They entered the building with the new arrivals and begin to confront workers with jeering and insults.
British Dictionary definitions for jeering


(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 jeering



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.).

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