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.
  1. a jeering utterance; derisive or rude gibe.

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

Synonyms for jeer

1. sneer; jest. See scoff1. 2, 3. deride, ridicule, flout, fleer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

    Coningsby Dawson

  • "You had better not say so to my sister-in-law," said Beecher, jeeringly.

  • "Spake loudher you'd betther," said Barny, jeeringly, still holding on his course.

  • "You have got to get at our throats first, my fine fellow," Dick said jeeringly.

  • Necker is not of much consequence now, said Pitou jeeringly.

    The Hero of the People

    Alexandre Dumas

British Dictionary definitions for jeeringly


  1. (often foll by at) to laugh or scoff (at a person or thing); mock
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for jeeringly



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.).

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