jeer

1 [jeer]
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely: Don't jeer unless you can do better.
verb (used with object)
2.
to shout derisively at; taunt.
3.
to treat with scoffs or derision; mock.
4.
to drive away by derisive shouts (followed by out of, off, etc.): They jeered the speaker off the stage.
noun
5.
a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.

Origin:
1555–65; origin uncertain; compare Old English cēir clamor, akin to cēgan to call out

jeerer, noun
jeeringly, adverb
unjeered, adjective
unjeering, adjective


1. sneer; jest. See scoff1. 2, 3. deride, ridicule, flout, fleer.
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jeer

2 [jeer]
noun Often, jeers, Nautical.
any of various combinations of tackles for raising or lowering heavy yards.

Origin:
1485–95; jee + -er1

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jeer (dʒɪə)
 
vb
1.  (often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
 
n
2.  a remark or cry of derision; gibe; taunt
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
'jeerer
 
n
 
'jeering
 
adj, —n
 
'jeeringly
 
adv

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jeer
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."
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Example sentences
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.
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