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[fleer] /flɪər/
verb (used without object)
to grin or laugh coarsely or mockingly.
verb (used with object)
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
Related forms
fleeringly, adverb


[flee-er] /ˈfli ər/
a person who flees.
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at flee, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for fleer
Historical Examples
  • 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 Oliver Onions
  • "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.

  • Perhaps there was some truth in Betty's fleer, of her never having known any better company than that of the village apothecary.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • However, she brandished her divining brush with the rest, and cut in now and then to keep the fleer with the untiring Nozilwane.

    Curiosities of Superstition

    W. H. Davenport Adams
  • She gave a light laugh that had in it so little mirth, was so little apposite to ridicule, that he did not feel it a fleer.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • Julia turned at the fleer and flung a glance of acute anger at her friend.

  • He is rather inclined to fleer at any pretension to American club life of earlier date.

    Fifth Avenue

    Arthur Bartlett Maurice
British Dictionary definitions for fleer


to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
a derisory glance or grin
Derived Forms
fleeringly, adverb
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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