jeer

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[ jeer ]
/ dʒɪər /

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.

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 forms

jeer·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 Forms

jeerer, nounjeering, adjective, nounjeeringly, adverb

Word Origin for jeer

C16: of unknown origin
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