- to speak or shout derisively; scoff or gibe rudely: Don't jeer unless you can do better.
- 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.
Origin of jeer1
Synonyms for jeer
Examples from the Web for jeeringly
Historical Examples of jeeringly
Spurling was in sight; sometimes he would halt, and jeeringly beckon to him.Murder Point
"You had better not say so to my sister-in-law," said Beecher, jeeringly.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"Spake loudher you'd betther," said Barny, jeeringly, still holding on his course.Stories of Comedy
"You have got to get at our throats first, my fine fellow," Dick said jeeringly.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
Necker is not of much consequence now, said Pitou jeeringly.The Hero of the People
- (often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
- a remark or cry of derision; gibe; taunt
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.).