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fleer

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[ fleer ]
/ flɪər /
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verb (used without object)
to grin or laugh coarsely or mockingly.
verb (used with object)
to mock or deride.
noun
a fleering look; a jeer or gibe.
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Origin of fleer

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1350–1400; Middle English flerien (v.) <Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flire a grin

OTHER WORDS FROM fleer

fleer·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for fleer (2 of 2)

fleer2
[ flee-er ]
/ ˈfli ər /

noun
a person who flees.

Origin of fleer

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Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at flee, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for fleer

fleer
/ (flɪə) archaic /

verb
to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer
noun
a derisory glance or grin

Derived forms of fleer

fleeringly, adverb

Word Origin for fleer

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flire to snigger
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