verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of jeer1
Examples from the Web for jeering
Cheering and jeering at the television an average of 5.3 hours per day was associated, however, with a higher risk of obesity.6 Ways to Avoid ‘Sochi Gut’ While Watching the Olympics|Jenna A. Bell|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are no jeering yoga moms in the bleachers, nor any post-demonstration rumbles in the parking lot.
Without the cheering and jeering crowds to whip him up, Newt was oddly subdued.Paul Begala: The Strangely Silent Jan. 23 Debate in Tampa|Paul Begala|January 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Alastair Beach reports from Cairo and talks to the jeering crowds outside.
When it was my turn with him, he gave me a thin-lipped smile, like he was jeering.
He contentedly takes his place in a world that does not pretend to be genteel—a laughing, working, jeering world.The Defendant|G.K. Chesterton
And they were without honor and respect, jeering the old-time customs and laughing in the faces of chief and shamans.The Spinner's Book of Fiction|Various
If she smiled as she handed me the packet, I fancied she was jeering at me.My First Book:|Various
There was a yell of demons in my ear, with Brian's jeering laugh above it all.
Besides it is a jeering and flouting vice, and apt to put jests on the reprover.Microcosmography|John Earle
Word Origin for jeer
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.
1620s, from jeer (v.).