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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 jeeringly
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  • "You've just got five minutes to do it in," cried Burgh jeeringly.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • Necker is not of much consequence now, said Pitou jeeringly.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • First Child (jeeringly): Ark-builders, ark-builders, where is your wit?

    Shorter Bible Plays Rita Benton
  • They told him, jeeringly, that the parson had treated them with some wine.

  • Aulus rallied them jeeringly apropos of the ass's head, which he declared they honoured.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
  • They were all drunk, and asked me jeeringly if this was the way to Dunure.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Knight of Britain of course claims to have slain the foe: and the audience faintly, jeeringly hisses.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • I was jeeringly dubbed Professor Straus, but I went right on.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • He laughed unmercifully at the frequent mistakes of our hero, and jeeringly dubbed him, "Young Stupid."

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • He seemed as jeeringly hurled from beneath his own ancestral roof.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for jeeringly


(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 jeeringly



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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