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jeer

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[ jeer ]
/ dʒɪər /
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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.

noun

a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.

RELATED WORDS

quip, taunt, ridicule, scoff, hoot, sneer, snipe, gibe, banter, dig, flout, hector, deride, jest, comeback, contemn, jab, mock, fleer

Nearby words

jeep, jeep carrier, jeepers, jeepney, jeeps, jeer, jeeves, jeevesian, jeez, jefe, jeff

Origin of jeer

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1555–65; origin uncertain; compare Old English cēir clamor, akin to cēgan to call out
SYNONYMS FOR jeer
1 sneer; jest. See scoff1.
2, 3 deride, ridicule, flout, fleer.
Related formsjeer·er, nounjeer·ing·ly, adverbun·jeered, adjectiveun·jeer·ing, adjective

Definition for jeer (2 of 2)

jeer

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[ jeer ]
/ dʒɪər /

noun Often jeers. Nautical.

any of various combinations of tackles for raising or lowering heavy yards.

Origin of jeer

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First recorded in 1485–95; jee + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for jeer

jeer

/ (dʒɪə) /

verb

(often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock

noun

a remark or cry of derision; gibe; taunt
Derived Formsjeerer, nounjeering, adjective, nounjeeringly, adverb

Word Origin for jeer

C16: of unknown origin
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