- to grin or laugh coarsely or mockingly.
- to mock or deride.
- a fleering look; a jeer or gibe.
Origin of fleer1
1350–1400; Middle English flerien (v.) < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flire a grin
- a person who flees.
Origin of fleer2
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Examples from the Web for fleer
To flewer or fleer is to smile in that grinning manner which shows all the teeth.It Might Have Been
Emily Sarah Holt
For, fleer as aliens would, this was the Awakening of the Red Dragon.Mushroom Town
"It is more than men are" she said, fired, as women always are, by a fleer at the sex.Gordon Keith
Thomas Nelson Page
The reader who studies every line should not fleer at him who studies not at all.
And thereat they did laugh, and fleer, and shout, and there was flashing of tankards and jingling of cups all down the hall.Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall
Robert S. Hawker
- to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
- a derisory glance or grin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flire to snigger
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Word Origin and History for fleer
c.1400, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian flira, dialectal Danish flire "to grin, titter"). Related: Fleered; fleering.
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