- 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.
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- any of various combinations of tackles for raising or lowering heavy yards.
Origin of jeer2
Examples from the Web for jeer
It was as if every drop of blood in the wood had found a voice to jeer him with.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
We passed four men, and their greeting was maddening in its jeer.The Law-Breakers
Were these the people, then, who were going to jeer at his picture, provided it were found again?His Masterpiece
The girl's defiant attitude only incited the workmen to jeer the more.The Fortune of the Rougons
Mayhap, then, you'll come on deck and tell these merry men as much, for they do only jeer at me.Standish of Standish
Jane G. Austin
- (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 jeer
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.).