fleer

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[fleer]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to mock or deride.
noun
  1. a fleering look; a jeer or gibe.

Origin of fleer

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1350–1400; Middle English flerien (v.) < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flire a grin
Related formsfleer·ing·ly, adverb

fleer

2
[flee-er]
noun
  1. a person who flees.

Origin of fleer

2
Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at flee, -er1
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Related Words for fleer

mock, taunt, jeer, scoff, grimace, laugh, sneer, grin

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British Dictionary definitions for fleer

fleer

verb
  1. to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
noun
  1. a derisory glance or grin
Derived Formsfleeringly, adverb

Word Origin for fleer

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flire to snigger
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Word Origin and History for fleer
v.

c.1400, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian flira, dialectal Danish flire "to grin, titter"). Related: Fleered; fleering.

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