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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.
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. 2014.
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Examples for jeers
  • The airwaves and best-seller lists are noisy with anti-intellectual jeers.
  • Officials explaining the decree taxing bonuses were greeted with jeers and complaints.
  • Everyone claps and whistles, jeers and cries along with the demands of the story.
  • The mad world laughed, and gave not praise, but jeers.
  • Hot-eyed, he found his hat and departed, jeers echoing after him as he plunged down the corridor.
  • He bore the jeers and taunts of the little boys, his schoolfellows, with joy.
  • They are lines that would bring jeers from the gallery gods of old.
  • Those forecasts, which often summoned jeers from his more optimistic peers, clearly earned more for him than notoriety.
  • Another factor of the granny shot also helps a free throw win cheers rather than jeers: a backward spin added to the ball.
  • The accused were forced to appear on the balcony and expose themselves to the jeers and threats of the mob.
British Dictionary definitions for jeers


(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 jeers
1553, gyr, "to deride, to mock," perhaps from Du. gieren "to cry or roar," or Ger. scheren "to plague, vex," lit. "to shear." OED finds the suggestion that it is an ironical use of cheer "plausible and phonetically feasible, ... but ... beyond existing evidence."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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