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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.


[jeer] /dʒɪər/
noun, Often, jeers, Nautical.
any of various combinations of tackles for raising or lowering heavy yards.
First recorded in 1485-95; jee + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for jeer
Historical Examples
  • It was as if every drop of blood in the wood had found a voice to jeer him with.

  • We passed four men, and their greeting was maddening in its jeer.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Were these the people, then, who were going to jeer at his picture, provided it were found again?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • The girl's defiant attitude only incited the workmen to jeer the more.

  • Mayhap, then, you'll come on deck and tell these merry men as much, for they do only jeer at me.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • The chaps behind might cheer and jeer and cry, “Gee-up, Sarah!”

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • As we approached the soldiers, they began to jeer at us in a most insolent manner.

  • But he was not the kind of scarecrow they would have dared to jeer at openly.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • If you liked, I could go over to the fountain and begin to jeer at their women folk.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • Furneaux did jeer, but it was at his colleague's phenomenal luck.

British Dictionary definitions for jeer


(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 jeer

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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