- to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely: Don't jeer unless you can do better.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for jeering
Cheering and jeering at the television an average of 5.3 hours per day was associated, however, with a higher risk of obesity.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics
Jenna A. Bell
February 12, 2014
There are no jeering yoga moms in the bleachers, nor any post-demonstration rumbles in the parking lot.Confessions of an Extreme Yogi
December 31, 2012
Without the cheering and jeering crowds to whip him up, Newt was oddly subdued.Paul Begala: The Strangely Silent Jan. 23 Debate in Tampa
January 24, 2012
Alastair Beach reports from Cairo and talks to the jeering crowds outside.Mubarak’s Judgment Day
August 3, 2011
When it was my turn with him, he gave me a thin-lipped smile, like he was jeering.Eyewitness to the Firing Squad
April 25, 2010
For half an hour I stood there in the grey November rain surrounded by a jeering mob.De Profundis
But somehow Steve's jeering remarks had stirred Bandy-legs' pride.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
It grew every moment, became a mob, shoving and surging, shouting and jeering.The Harbor
"Come, they want us in there," said Antoine to his companion in a jeering tone.The Fortune of the Rougons
He read after lunch at his club the jeering remarks of the evening Press.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- (often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
- a remark or cry of derision; gibe; taunt
Word Origin and History for jeering
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.).