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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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jeeringly
Historical Examples
  • Spurling was in sight; sometimes he would halt, and jeeringly beckon to him.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • "You had better not say so to my sister-in-law," said Beecher, jeeringly.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • "Spake loudher you'd betther," said Barny, jeeringly, still holding on his course.

  • "You have got to get at our throats first, my fine fellow," Dick said jeeringly.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • Necker is not of much consequence now, said Pitou jeeringly.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • My dear Rousseau, Lady Dubarry is a widow, jeeringly said the young man.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • “In that case, buy a harp for yourself,” added Pan Stanislav, jeeringly.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • First Child (jeeringly): Ark-builders, ark-builders, where is your wit?

    Shorter Bible Plays Rita Benton
  • They told him, jeeringly, that the parson had treated them with some wine.

  • They were all drunk, and asked me jeeringly if this was the way to Dunure.

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for jeeringly


(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 jeeringly



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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