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verb (used without object)
  1. to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely: Don't jeer unless you can do better.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shout derisively at; taunt.
  2. to treat with scoffs or derision; mock.
  3. to drive away by derisive shouts (followed by out of, off, etc.): They jeered the speaker off the stage.
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  1. a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.
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Origin of jeer

1555–65; origin uncertain; compare Old English cēir clamor, akin to cēgan to call out
Related formsjeer·er, nounjeer·ing·ly, adverbun·jeered, adjectiveun·jeer·ing, adjective

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1. sneer; jest. See scoff1. 2, 3. deride, ridicule, flout, fleer.
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Related Words for jeering

taunting, raucous, scornful

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British Dictionary definitions for jeering


  1. (often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
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  1. a remark or cry of derision; gibe; taunt
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Derived Formsjeerer, nounjeering, adjective, nounjeeringly, adverb

Word Origin for jeer

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jeering



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.

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1620s, from jeer (v.).

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