jeer

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[ jeer ]
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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.

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

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for jeering

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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