fleer

1
[ fleer ]
/ flɪər /

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.

Origin of fleer

1
1350–1400; Middle English flerien (v.) < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flire a grin

Related forms

fleer·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for fleer (2 of 2)

fleer

2
[ flee-er ]
/ ˈfli ər /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for fleer

fleer

/ (flɪə) archaic /

verb

to grin or laugh at; scoff; sneer

noun

a derisory glance or grin

Derived Forms

fleeringly, adverb

Word Origin for fleer

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flire to snigger
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