[ 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.


a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.

Nearby words

  1. jeep,
  2. jeep carrier,
  3. jeepers,
  4. jeepney,
  5. jeeps,
  6. jeeves,
  7. jeevesian,
  8. jeez,
  9. jefe,
  10. jeff

Origin of jeer

1555–65; origin uncertain; compare Old English cēir clamor, akin to cēgan to call out

1. sneer; jest. See scoff1. 2, 3. deride, ridicule, flout, fleer.

Related formsjeer·er, nounjeer·ing·ly, adverbun·jeered, adjectiveun·jeer·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jeering


/ (dʒɪə) /


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


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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